Halloween is a time of year when we all like to be a little bit scared, we might read a spooky story or we might choose to watch a horror film. However, a funny thing about life is that sometimes the scariest things are those that are a lot more every day (que dramatic music)...
So, put aside those werewolves and vampires and instead scare yourself silly with some truly terrifying facts about your teeth.
Your brush might not be as clean as you think
Your toothbrush is what you use to make sure that your teeth and gums are as clean as possible, which means that the thought it may not be as clean as possible isn’t something that we like to think about.
Unfortunately, whether we want to think about it or not, your toothbrush has around 10 billion microbes living on its bristles at any one time, which means that when you pop it in your mouth, these microscopic fellas end up on your teeth and gums.
Over a short time, this isn’t a big problem, however after 2-3 months these microbes can be bad for your oral health – and let’s not even think about what happens if your toothbrush is stored less than 6 feet away from your toilet 😳. This is main reason dentists recommend we replace our brushes every 2-3 months.
You make a whole lot of spit every day
Spit isn’t really something any of us really want to think or talk about, but it is something that every single one of us have. Some people seem to make more spit than others, however, on average human beings make around 2 litres of spit each and every day.
Now, whilst this may sound disgusting, spit actually gives a helping hand when it comes to keeping our mouths and teeth fresh & clean, which meanswe should be welcoming all that glorious saliva (but always remember – say it, don’t spray it!)
Tooth grinding could be your gateway to oral health issues
Do you grind your teeth when you sleep? A lot of us do, it’s fairly common, especially when we’re stressed. Some people aren’t even aware they’re doing it! Though, if you share a bed with someone, they may have already pointed out the sound of your night tooth grind keeping them awake 😬.
What you may not know about teeth grinding though is that it can cause you to have some pretty major oral health issues in the future.
People who grind their teeth at night are more likely to need restorative dental work, such as caps and bridges, later on in life and are also more likely to end up needing a root canal from the dentist – an often quite costly, and painful, procedure. So if you’re grinding your teeth, may be worth a call with your GP to see if they can recommend any measures to reduce the chance of damage.
Plaque is never your friend
We all know that plaque is an issue when it comes to our oral health, however most people seem to be fixated on the fact that plaque is unsightly (yellow teeth? No thank you).
Aside from the aesthetic aspect, plaque can harbour hundreds of different types of bacteria which is bad news for your teeth & gums.
At the end of the day, don’t let your oral health be something that keeps you awake at night, small changes can make a big difference. Scare those oral health horrors away and take charge of your teeth and gums by taking a look around our website. Here you can learn more about our amazing eco-friendly oral care products , and how they can help you and your family change the way you think about and look after your teeth – remember, a frightening set of teeth is for life, not just for Halloween!
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