Don’t Forget to Brush Your Teeth!

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Why is Brushing Your Teeth Important?

Whenever you go into your dentist’s office it is likely one of the first things that they will ask you is about your brushing habits and the way that you regularly brush your teeth. You may have heard of the top reasons for brushing your teeth but you might not know exactly what can happen if you are brushing incorrectly or brushing infrequently.

Don't Forget to Brush Your Teeth!

Here are some of the top reasons why you should never forget to brush your teeth:

Freshening your breath: Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is an extremely important part of your routine because it can prevent bacteria build up which can cause a number of problems especially when it comes to bad breath (Halitosis). Reducing the chances that you could be plagued by bad breath can be remedied by brushing your teeth at least twice a day for 3 minutes with a quality toothpaste.  Another good practice is chewing sugar-free gum after meals which can help to reduce bacteria that causes bad breath.

Removing stains from your teeth: A good toothpaste will have a mild abrasive that helps to remove food that sticks to teeth as well as stains that can build up on teeth over time. Regularly brushing after a meal can prevent the buildup of unwanted stains, leaving your with a whiter and brighter smile.

Prevention of gum disease: You can increase the risk of gum disease if you don’t brush often and accumulation of bacteria can occur. The rate that plaque can accumulate over time is based off of the leftover food and bacteria inside your mouth. Gingivitis can cause bad breath as well as inflammation in the gums with extensive bleeding every time you brush your teeth.

Can save you money: The cost of dental care can increase extensively if you don’t brush your teeth twice a day. Brushing your teeth has been associated with preventing a number of different health concerns and it can prevent the chance for expensive dental work like root canals or multiple fillings.

Reducing the chance of stroke and heart attack: Bacterial buildup in your mouth can actually travel down through the bloodstream increasing your cholesterol and increasing the chance that you could fall victim to a heart attack or stroke. As you try to be healthy in almost every other aspect of your life you should strongly consider the idea of regularly brushing and flossing as part of your healthy regime.

Protecting your future children: Gum disease can also increase the chance of a premature birth, lower birth, increase the chance for impotence as well as delayed conception. If you are interested in becoming a parent one day you should strongly consider regularly brushing and flossing to maintain your oral health over time.

When it comes to brushing it’s extremely important that you are following the right steps as well. It’s important to brush for at least 3 min. twice a day and to make sure that you are cleaning the surface of every tooth and along the gum line. Working with an oral healthcare professional like a dental hygienist or dentist to learn more about your oral health history and how you should be brushing is important to maintaining this success and enjoying better health as a result.

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