According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 23 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have untreated tooth decay. This is a major problem, since untreated decay could lead to gum disease and teeth falling out. It's important for these adults to do everything they can to improve their dental health so they can keep their natural teeth for as long as possible.
Recently, dentists in Austin, Texas, published a statement explaining the best things people can do to make their teeth healthier. First, the dentists recommended that people should eat healthy foods, since good nutrition is an important part of oral health. Just as sugar can be bad for the waistline, it is also bad for teeth, so people should eat it in moderation.
The dentists also suggested that people stop chewing on hard items, such as pen caps, ice and hard candies. This is something that many people do without thinking, but it could lead to cracked teeth and other damage.
Finally, people need to remember to change their toothbrushes every three months or when the brushes become matted, whichever comes first.
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