Taking good care of teeth and gums is vital for overall health. It can save people a whole lot of money spent on health care.
According to dentists, if people practice good oral hygiene at home, they can save huge healthcare costs with fewer visits to the dentists.
Explaining the importance of plaque removal, Dr Ronald Smith of the Canadian dental Association, said, "Plaque is essentially an accumulation of bacteria. It the bacteria are allowed to accumulate, they form plaque that sticks to the teeth. The byproduct is an acid that erodes the teeth and results in cavities. It's also a toxin that affects gums and causes inflammation. Long term, that inflammation will lead to the breakdown of the bone supporting the teeth and, pretty soon, you have a bone-loss problem, periodontal disease.So you brush and you floss. Cleaning between the teeth is very important and this is the one that many people miss. Getting between the teeth and along the gum line are the most critical."
The best way to offset tooth decay is to brush teeth twice and floss once a day.