6 Things You Didn't Know About Oral Hygiene

Most people wake up in the morning and brush their teeth. Then they brush their teeth again at night, right before they go to bed. Sometimes they make their check ups at the dentist, sometimes they don't. What people don't realize is that there's so much more to taking care of your oral hygiene. Still confused? Read on. You Need To Floss

No, seriously, y'all. Do it. Maybe you won't die but you will end up regretting it when your teeth end up with a major buildup of calculus and tartar.

Replace Your Toothbrush

You need to be replacing your toothbrush every 2-3 months and every time you get sick. If not, the germs are going to overwhelm your mouth and the bristles won't do as good of a job.

Your Dental Hygienist Knows Everything

Your dental hygienist is basically a magician--she can tell if you have an eating disorder, are at risk for heart disease, or if you have an HIV infection.

Remember Your Tongue

When people tell you to brush your teeth, they usually forget to tell you to brush your tongue as well. Brushing your tongue gets all the icky bacteria out of your mouth, so you better get on it.

Beware of Piercings

Tongue and lip piercings might give you blood poisoning, toxic shock syndromes, STDs, or major drool. If you really feel the need to put a hole in your mouth, just make sure you're being as safe as possible.

You Probably Have Gum Disease

Eighty percent of the American population has some form of gum disease, so be aware (or beware). What a good way to end this article, right?