Topic: Does flossing your teeth actually make a difference?
Audience: There are between 24 and 30 students present in class weekly. Most male and females are between 18 and 20 years of age though there may be a few younger or older present.
General Purpose: To Persuade
Specific Purpose: To persuade the audience of the importance of flossing their teeth.
Thesis: Flossing your teeth helps prevent harmful diseases of the mouth.
A. Attention Getter: Most people who brush and floss their teeth daily end up with teeth similar to the people in the dentistry commercials. White, shiny and healthy!
B. Reason to Listen: Good dental hygiene is important for people of all ages. A clean mouth will help prevent harmful diseases from entering your body.
C. Thesis Statements: Flossing your teeth helps prevent harmful diseases of the mouth.
D. Credibility Statement: I am credible to talk about this topic because my father has been a dentist for six years and an oral surgeon for 29 years.
E. Preview of Main Points:
1. First, I will discuss the uses of teeth.
2. Next, we will look at dental health and how diseases affect your general health.
3. Finally, we will take action and explain the importance of flossing.
II. People may not realize it, but teeth play an important role in our daily lives.
A. Try saying the word “tooth” slowly and notice how your tongue presses against your upper teeth.
1. According to kidshealth.org, different teeth work with your tongue and lips to help you form sounds.
a. Teeth act as a tongue stop for making certain noises.
b. If you enjoy singing, think teeth every time you sing a song because without them, you wouldn’t be able to sing certain notes.
2. Teeth are used to tear and chew food.
a. If people did not have teeth, how would they chew their food into small enough pieces so that they were able to swallow it without choking?
b. According to Nicole Daidone, if we did not have teeth, we wouldn’t be able to eat half the foods we eat today.
3. Teeth support all your facial structures (teeth 3).
The human race would look different without teeth.
Now that you recognize the uses of teeth, it is important to understand dental health and how diseases can affect your general health.
B. The mouth is filled with a number of different bacteria. When harmful bacteria grow out of control, they can cause serious health problems.
Consider the mouth as a doorway to the body (Tooth 1).
People with weakened immune systems are more likely to get viral infections in the mouth said A. Rahman Zamani, MD, MPH of Oral Health in America.
Poor dietary practices can also affect the mouth and face.
Oral health can affect different diseases.
Different studies have indicated an association between gum disease and certain diseases that affect the body such as heart disease.
The mouth can serve as a direct window for contamination into the lungs, potentially causing pneumonia.
Good health starts with your mouth.
For starters, you should wash your hands before putting anything close to your face or mouth.
Brushing and flossing your after eating and/or drinking reduces the chance of plaque build up, not allowing the bacteria to grow out of control.
Fixing the problem begins with flossing.
4. Flossing is one of the most difficult things to get people to do, but probably the most effective method of preventing disease.
1. Flossing > Brushing
a. The bacteria in between teeth causes more damage than the bacteria on the front and back of teeth.
b. Your tongue and saliva take care of removing most of the food on the front and backs of your teeth, but the plaque in between your teeth only come off with flossing....
References: Davenport, Tammy. "The Importance of Flossing." About.com Dental Care. N.p., 28 May 2008. Web. 12 Nov. 2012. http://dentistry.about.com/od/dentalhealth/qt/qt_floss.htm
Daidone, Nicole. "The Importance of Brushing and Flossing Your Teeth." The Importance of Brushing and Flossing Your Teeth. N.p., 3 June 2004. Web. 12 Nov. 2012. <http://ww2.valdosta.edu/~nedaidon/research.htm>
"KidsHealth." Your Teeth. The Nemours Foundation, 1995. Web. 12 Nov. 2012. http://kidshealth.org/kid/htbw/teeth.html
Naini, Alex. "Do I Really Have to Floss???" Web log post. The Dr. Oz Show. N.p., 11 July 2011. Web. 12 Nov. 2012. http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/alex-naini-dds-lvif-fagd/do-i-really-have-floss
Zamani, A. Rahman. "Oral Health Can Affect General Health." California Childcare Health Program. Oral Health in America, n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2012. http://www.ucsfchildcarehealth.org/
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