There are many reasons to brush your teeth. So, we have decided to focus on them today. Brushing is one of the most important steps in your personal hygiene regimen, but most people do not brush their teeth enough. Most dentists recommend brushing at least twice a day and after every meal. It may seem like a lot, but consider these reasons why you should work hard to take care of your teeth.
Bad Breath. When bacteria builds up in your mouth, you start to experience bad breath. By brushing, you remove the food particles that this bacteria and odor thrive on.
Early detection. As soon as a baby’s first tooth erupts, parents and caregivers should wipe it off with a soft, damp cloth to remove sugars from beverages or foods. Schedule a dental checkup by the child’s first birthday so the dentist can check alignment, jaw development, and overall health. Remember those baby teeth lay the foundation for healthy adult teeth.
Avoid pain. Brush your teeth at least twice each day, after breakfast and at bedtime, and floss once daily to help remove bacteria and plaque that can build up on teeth. If it’s not removed, plaque turns into tartar, a hard, sticky substance that attracts bacteria and can lead to painful tooth decay and gum disease.
Thorough cleaning. Schedule dental appointments for professional cleanings and checkups at least once or twice a year, as directed by your dentist, to head off decay and check for oral and medical problems. Invest in dental benefits to assist with expenses. Research shows that people with dental insurance tend to use their benefits.
Tooth Decay. When the bacteria is allowed to stay in your mouth for long periods of time, it also starts to eat away at the enamel of your teeth, which can result in cavities. The biggest area bacteria can impact is the space between your teeth, where your toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This is where flossing plays a big role in fighting tooth decay.
Protect your smile. Kids, and adults, involved in sports, biking, skateboard or other athletic activities should wear a mouth guard to protect against broken teeth. Another good idea is to ask your dentist to apply sealants on the chewing surfaces of your kids’ back teeth to prevent decay.
Gum Disease. As bacteria continue to linger on your teeth, your gums are also impacted. Gum disease actually causes more loss of teeth than tooth decay. More than three-quarters of adults between the ages of 16-24 and almost nine out of ten of adults over 55 have some degree of gum disease.
Save money. Putting off brushing and flossing provides an opportunity for decay to develop in one or more teeth, resulting in costly dental repairs.
Take care of your teeth. Brush and floss daily. Visit a dentist twice a year for regular check-ups and deep cleaning. Work with your dentist to address any current problems and form a treatment plan you can afford. If you take care of your teeth, they will last a lifetime. And, you will feel confident when you “Smile Big!”