He makes it look easy, doesn’t he? While we wouldn’t recommend swallowing your toothpaste, notice how he only used a very small amount. Just a small, pea-sized drop of toothpaste is all you need! And, while most of us use more water than necessary at home, resources are very limited in space. There’s no running water, plumbing, garbage collectors, or outlets for our favorite electric toothbrushes! If astronauts can brush their teeth with a floating drop of water, what’s our excuse for not brushing and flossing 2x daily?
Save water by shutting the faucet off while brushing!
Routine exams and healthy teeth are important for everyone. They also help prevent emergencies. Loose filling? Dull, on-going toothache? Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for some of us to ignore these symptoms until we’re in pain, knowing we can call our dentist if it becomes urgent. With missions typically lasting six months, and no dentist on board, having a tooth ache in space would be a nightmare! Upon take-off, the intense force of acceleration and vibrations could cause loose fillings to fall out. With 4x the pressure of their own body weight, astronauts can’t afford to put off preventative dental work, as their teeth could literally crack under pressure!
Dental emergencies can happen anytime!
This may seem redundant, but daily removal of food particles reduces the amount of harmful bacteria—which feed on sugars, creates cavities, leads to gum disease, and causes bad breath!
Research has shown that it takes 21 days to create a habit. Start your children off right with routine home care and preventative visits to the dentist. They’ll be more likely keep up the consistent brushing and flossing into adulthood, and have less anxiety about going to the dentist. And, if they want to be an astronaut when they grow up, they’ll have a head start with healthy teeth!
A healthy mouth goes hand-in-hand with a healthy body. The harmful bacteria associated with gum (periodontal) disease is directly related to heart disease. This is why some people must take a preventative antibiotic prior to dental procedures. A nutrient-rich diet, along with good dental care is essential for overall health.
Healthy, warm smiles make everyone happy
Having healthy teeth is important for everyone, at every age. However, for astronauts, routine dental care is a requirement. If it’s been a while since your last cleaning and check-up, call us. We’ll be happy to see you!