Most people would hesitate to air their dirty laundry ... or dirty teeth ... in public. Jessica Simpson, however, feels differently. The singer confided (in front of millions) to Ellen DeGeneres that she only brushes around three times every week. When added to the fact that she told Jay Leno that she regularly chews Nicorette gum purely for the energy surge, it adds up to a very disturbing portrait of her dental health.
Simpson says that she has an aversion to slippery-feeling teeth, and therefore ditches regular brushing in favor of mouthwash and flossing. She also feels that her teeth need a bit of "coating" to feel comfortable, so she uses items like shirts to wipe her teeth clean in lieu of actual brushing. Simpson acknowledges that "it's gross," but mentions that she always has great breath, so she's happy with the results of her unusual dental care routine.
The problem with that is that the American Dental Association strongly recommends brushing two times a day, and those recommendations are followed by virtually all of the developed world. Miss Simpson may be feeling quite differently about her dental care routine in a couple of decades when she is completely toothless. In fact, there are several grave results that could occur due to poor brushing habits like Simpson's. These include:
As the ambassador for Operation Smile, Simpson won't be able to flash her pearly whites much longer if she doesn't alter her oral care habits dramatically. Having healthy teeth can be simple: Brush twice a day for two minutes each time. Be sure to floss daily and try to keep sugary foods at a minimum. Speak with your dentist to make sure you are following the best oral care rules, and be sure to share this article with your friends so that they can avoid the same disastrous mistakes that Jessica Simpson is making right now.