Whenever you visit us at Dr.C Family Dentistry, we’ll remind you to brush at least twice a day and to floss! I know, tired, old song. But sadly, it’s all we can do, because after you leave our office, your dental care is your own business. Here are some sobering statistics to help demonstrate why dentists and hygienists nag patients about brushing and flossing.
You Don’t Brush Long Enough
Even if you brush twice a day, the average American only spends 48 seconds brushing their teeth. That’s just not good enough, because the recommended brushing time is two minutes. That’s two minutes each time to effectively brush your teeth, totalling, four minutes a day. If you are using a whitening toothpaste, try to brush even longer than two minutes to let those bleaching chemicals work.
Ladies Habits Revealed
According to statistics released by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, only 28.7% of women brush after every meal and only 57% brush twice a day. A good healthy 89% of women admit to having a dentist, (but, we can do better than that). Coincidentally, the US population spent almost 57 billion dollars on cosmetics in 2014, which is not really related to brushing. But every time you perfectly apply your lipstick, remember if you’ve brushed your teeth that morning. What’s a red lip when your teeth needs some scrubbing? Just saying.
The Gents Don’t Do Any Better
As grim as women’s statistics are, the men are even more guilty. Only one in five men brush their teeth after every meal, and half brush at least twice a day. Three out of four men admit to having a dentist. Consider that 50% of people say that the smile is the first thing they notice when they meet somebody. Next time you want to leave a good first impression, take care of those pearly whites and remember to brush your teeth. It matters more than you think.
The truth is, you do most of the work when it comes to caring for your teeth and oral health. Dentists can help with larger problems and twice a year cleanings, but for the rest of the year, it’s all up to you. According to even more statistics in the dental industry, the average time between dental appointments is actually 3 years! (You should visit a dentist twice a year, just for cleanings). Most people with out dental insurance, 74%, visit a dentist only when they’re already in pain or have some problem they can’t ignore.