Every culture treats teeth differently. For some, they’re merely the first tool in the digestive process. For others, they serve as a means of conveying social status, and can spell the difference between romance and heartbreak. As far as medical science is concerned, teeth play a pivotal role in maintaining a healthy body. Varied perceptions aside, teeth can be just as important as the clothes you wear when pursuing a relationship. So what are you supposed to do when Japan regards yaeba (double teeth) as cute while America demands two perfectly ordered rows?
Well, you can’t please ‘em all, but you can certainly appeal to the majority. Regardless of where you reside, you must maintain proper oral hygiene for your health, your breath, and your appearance. Your daily approach should follow a four-pronged attack:
Brushing: Brush your teeth at least three times a day. Keep an extra toothbrush in your office so you don’t have to go from morning to evening without giving your teeth a once over. Your mouth, your co-workers, and your clients will all silently thank you for it.
Flossing: Some dentists assert that flossing is even more important than brushing. Though the first few weeks might result in a little blood and pain, by making it part of your daily routine you’ll strengthen your gums and dramatically decrease tooth decay.
Water: Drink plenty of water every day not only boosts your general health, but it also has a positive effect on your oral hygiene. It washes away food debris and maintains high levels of saliva, one of your best weapons in your arsenal against tooth decay.
Bonus: Did you know that the dental pick and scalar your dentist uses can be found at many drug stores and even online? Use these whenever you notice tartar build-up and your next dental appointment will be finished in record time.
Oral care is as much about resolving dental issues as it is about preventative medicine. It’s easier and far less costly to visit your dentist 2-3 times a year than to get a filling, crown, or heaven forbid a root canal. As long as you’re taking proper care of your teeth, your visits to the dentist should be a piece of cake (make sure you brush after that cake though).
歯の手入れは、予防医学と同じくらいに歯の問題を解決します。歯に詰め物をしたり、歯冠、根管の対応をするよりも、一年に2，3回歯医者に行くほうが、より簡単でコストも安くつきます。歯のケアをしている限りは、歯医者にいくのは、とっても簡単。つまりは、”a Piece of cake”です。（ケーキを食べたあとは、しっかり歯を磨いてください（笑）
In the next issue, we’re going to talk about body odor, but because we’re talking about oral hygiene today I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the two biggest antagonists: coffee and tobacco. Though you’re free to make your own decisions about the virtues of these vices, the undeniable truth remains: they both ravage your breath. If coffee or tobacco are part of your routine, make sure to counter their adverse effects appropriately.
For most of my life, my dental visits followed a clearly defined routine: pick and scale, floss, brush, burnish. After moving to a different prefecture scheduling a cleaning with a new dentist, I was taken aback when burnish didn’t enter the picture.
“No, no, your teeth are beautiful. You don’t need it!”
But my teeth still didn’t have that just-came-from-the-dentist feel, so I certainly thought I needed it. Confused and dissatisfied, I took to the internet and looked around for a burnisher. As it turned out, the Braun Oral B electric toothbrush had several attachments in addition to the standard toothbrush head, one of which was a burnisher. I immediately ordered it, and brushing has never been the same. Now I always have that just-came-from-the-dentist feel except when I travel on business, though to be honest, I’m thinking about picking up a cheap electric toothbrush for travel as well. Electric toothbrushes are capable of brushing your teeth hundreds of times per second and do a better job than manually brushing could ever do, even if you were to spend all day on it. I highly recommend purchasing one — your teeth will happier than they’ve ever been.