This I Believe

Erin - Austin, Texas
Entered on January 11, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
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I believe in dental hygiene. I know many people that haven’t been to the dental office in three years or more, some people haven’t even gone their entire life. I’m not saying that I have perfect teeth but some people need some serious help. With some of my friends who have yellow stains, plaque building in between their teeth, and infected gums I find myself staring and wondering when they are going to realize that it’s time to get their teeth cleaned and their cavities filled in. One of my friends has gingivitis because she didn’t ever floss or use mouth wash to rid the bacteria and plaque from her gums. Now she can’t get braces because her teeth are going to decay and she gets the privilege of wearing dentures for the rest of her life after having her teeth being pulled out. If people know that things like that can happen then why can’t they dedicate two minutes of their day for their teeth to prevent things like that from happening? People can at least chew some gum or eat peppermints to try to cover up the horrible smell that lingers in their mouths when they just wake up. I’m sure everyone would love to have their teeth as clean as possible. To feel the burning sensation that the mouth wash has to ensure that its working and the mint smell leaving from your sweet toothpaste drifting from your mouth as you speak is such a great feeling. The day I got my braces off I was so happy because I could finally floss my teeth without having to deal with the wires and it was so exciting to not feel metal when I ran my tongue across my teeth. I’m glad that I had braces put on when I did because now I don’t have to worry about having braces in college. I love to brush and floss my teeth because it makes me feel confident and comfortable knowing that I don’t have anything weird stuck in my teeth when I smile or that people are secretly holding their breath when I speak. I love to go to the dentist to have my teeth cleaned and I’m glad I try the best I can to keep them healthy and I hope others start take a step up to dental hygiene.