20 billion. Let that sink in for a second. Americans are buzzed with a sugar addiction. Research shows that we get on average about 13% of our daily calories from added processed sugars — the amount equal to a can of soda. This alarming fact excludes naturally occurring sugars that come from foods such as apples or milk.
It may be no surprise that a dental hygiene cleaning and continuing care is good for your mouth. Did you know that your hygienist does more than “just” a cleaning? October is National Hygiene Month and here are 10 things that you might not be aware of during your appointment with Jyssica, your Springfield, MO dental hygienist.
Take a moment and picture your teeth like piano keys placed in many wacky positions. For example, some protrude forward, others sink in backward. Some even overlap. You notice that the piano keys have not been cleaned in a while because of the nice layer of dust on top. You grab a duster and clean them. Once finished, you notice dust still remaining in the crevices. You may even notice there are some areas that look impossible to reach. This analogy is like malocclusion.
It's a joke among dentists that they often practice on roller skates. If you asked any patient about this, they might look at you funny, but then when given time to think, be able to relay a story about sitting in the dental chair for 2 hours just to get a simple filling done. They will tell you about how the dentist was only in the room for about 20 minutes and might not have even introduced themselves. They will also tell you about how many times the dentist had to get up to go do something with another patient. Sound familiar? There is a more personalized, better way.