The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 5 percent of people between the ages of 20 and 64 have no teeth. In response to this, YNN, a Rochester, New York news source, recently spoke to dentist Christian Mathiesen, who explained the very simple steps that people should take if they want to retain their natural teeth for as long as possible.
First, according to the dentist, the first step toward optimal dental health is to brush twice a day with a toothbrush that has a soft bristle.
"It's not necessary to use a hard bristle because you are trying to remove a bio film, a thin film of plaque in the mouth, it's a bacteria film and what you are trying to do is clean those areas really well without causing damage to gum line or tooth," said Mathiesen, quoted by the news source.
The dentist added that flossing every day is extremely important, as is replacing a toothbrush after three months, even if it doesn't appear to be worn out.
The American Academy of Periodontology states that one out of every four people over the age of 65 has lost natural teeth. The organization adds that good dental health is an essential part of life, since teeth are necessary for eating, chewing and speaking properly. This is why it's important for people to visit their dentist at least twice a year.
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