Makeover Monday: Avoiding the Tooth Fairy

Imagine my surprise when my dentist’s wife (and office manager) called last week to remind me that my semi-annual cleaning/examination is tomorrow. Yikes! How time does fly. Needless to say, there was lots of flossing going on around here this weekend.

Every time I get my teeth cleaned, I promise myself that I’ll floss more regularly, but it’s one of those pledges that gets dropped. Much like the promises I used to make about weight loss. Hmmm, maybe there’s something here….

Okay, so rather than develop a whole new blog, The Tippy Toe Guide to Oral Hygiene, why don’t I just share some tips on taking better care of our teeth and gums. After all, we’ve got lots to smile about and we want the teeth to look good.

Straight from the website of the Amercian Dental Association (ADA), here are some tips for good oral hygiene:

– Brush your teeth twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.
– Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
– Do not share toothbrushes. (Cammy note: Eeewww. As if!)
– Rinse your toothbrush with tap water after brushing and store upright for air-drying, if possible.
– Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner.
– Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
– Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.

If you need some visual assistance (and that’s nothing to be ashamed of, btw), click this link for how-to animations.

Going to the dentist isn’t fun for most of us, but it’s something we definitely should do. To take your mind off the unpleasantness of it all, here are some Fun! Dental! Facts!

50% consider the smile the first facial feature they notice
80% are not happy with their smile
32% of Americans cite bad breath as the least attractive trait of their co-workers.
38.5 total days an average American spends brushing teeth over lifetime.
73% of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss.

Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least six (6) feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush. (Can I get a group, “Eeeewwwww!”)

The average woman smiles about 62 times a day!
A man? Only 8!

Kids laugh around 400 times a day.
Grown-ups just 15:-(

Smilers in school yearbooks are more likely to have successful careers and marriages than poker faced peers

Americans spend $2 billion a year on dental products — toothpaste, mouthwash and dental floss.

83% of people believe their teeth are more important to their appearance than hair and eyes, according to a recent survey conducted by Roper ASW in conjunction with ReachMax.

Go here for even more dental trivia.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to floss.

Again.

Have a happy week, everyone!

(image by jana christy via Flickr!)