Your dental health is important, and not just for your overall wellbeing. It's also important for making a great first impression. In fact, there have even been studies that indicate lasting impressions are made within the first three seconds of seeing someone and up to 37% of people will notice a person's smile before they notice any other part about them. Needless to say, taking great care of your teeth is paramount in more ways than one.

Unfortunately, not everyone pays as much attention to their dental health as they should. Here are some fun, fascinating, and frightening facts you may not have known about dental care.

1. It doesn't take long for tartar to build up

Plaque is a natural substance that forms on your teeth throughout the day. It's created when the food and drinks you eat mix with your saliva. The American Dental Association actually recommends brushing your teeth twice a day because it only takes 12 to 24 hours for tartar to form. Tartar is hardened plaque that can increase your risk of tooth decay and can only be removed by a dental professional and LIVFRESH tartar removing dental gel.

2. Your mouth doesn't produce as much saliva at night

Have you ever noticed that your breath can smell worse during the morning even when you haven't eaten anything? There's a reason for that. Your mouth produces less saliva during the night, which creates a favorable environment for bacteria growth. Brushing after meals and in the morning is the perfect time to remove food particles and bad bacteria as a part of your dental care routine.

3. Much of your mouth bacteria isn't on your teeth

One of the key reasons why people brush their tongues along with their teeth is because the bacteria in your mouth isn't just on your teeth. While bacteria might like to eat your plaque and release acids, which eat away at your enamel, you actually have bacteria lingering in the rest of your mouth. According to a study in RDH Magazine, you have approximately 20 billion bacteria in your mouth at any given time. As you brush the inner, outer, and biting surfaces, remember to brush the tongue to kill the remaining bacteria. Look for toothpaste that has various active ingredients.

4. Flossing is one of the best ways to fight plaque

While many people believe flossing is a cruel way for your dentist to torture you, it's actually a great way to remove plaque build-up from between the teeth. Your toothbrush can only reach so far while you're brushing and your tartar removing dental gel can only reach so far, too. Flossing ensures that you're removing harmful plaque from between the crevices of your teeth so you can reduce your risk of tooth decay.

5. Chewing gum is great for dental care

Kids in North America spend almost half a billion dollars on gum every year. While that's a lot of bubble-popping, sugar-free varieties aren't that bad to their teeth. Chewing sugar-free gum helps stimulate saliva production, aiding in fighting bacteria that cause tooth decay. However, sugary gums place your kid's teeth at the risk of dental caries.

Looking to step up your dental care game?

Regular dental care is important for your health. But when you're only visiting your dentist once every six months for a regular cleaning, you're putting your teeth at risk for decay. A plaque and tartar removing dental gel like LIVFRESH can help to keep tooth decay at bay. To learn more about our plaque and tartar removing dental gel and how it can boost your dental care routine when used alongside toothpaste and flossing, contact LIVFRESH today.