Brushing twice a day is completely necessary to maintain oral health.
Brushing is important for reasons beyond fresh breath. One skipped brushing session, encourages the growth of bacterial buildup called plaque. Wich can lead to cavities and gum disease.
An easy form of identifying plaque is by running your tongue through your gum line in the middle of the day. You’ll feel something sticky or fuzzy, that’s plaque.
Brush strokes disrupt bacteria and move it. This helps when bacteria’s left in one place it starts to break down your teeth. Also, the longer plaque sits in one place, the more likely it is to become a hard, yellow, rough material. We can sometimes feel this between our teeth its called tartar. Tartar can cause inflammation and bleeding in the gums. Leave that untreated for too long and you could risk losing teeth.
The process of a cavity can start by not brushing once. It can only take one skipped brushing session for plaque to break down enamel. In fact;
Every time we have a meal, the bacteria that live in our mouth feast on the food we eat. Like every other living organism, these bacteria excrete waste after a meal. This waste is acidic and breaks down tooth enamel, causing root decay and cavities.
Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush is vital to effective cleaning. Each brushing session should last about two minutes. During this session cover all surfaces of the teeth.
Gums see plaque buildup as an infection. So our immune system springs into action to attack that infection. By attacking the plaque buildup, our body starts to destroy the healthy tissues. These tissues hold our teeth in place. Making the gums begin to pull away from the tooth.
Inflammation is a good thing that lets our body protect itself. But this can cause damage when it’s present for the long term. For example, if we had the flu, inflammation would destroy foreign invaders. This in cause would let us regain health. But imagine having the flu for years. Chronic inflammation puts extreme wear and tear on the body. So much so that studies have linked chronic inflammation in the mouth to illness such as. ; hearing loss, dementia, and heart disease.
For extreme cases we recommend;
A quick, gentle dry brush of your teeth without toothpaste.
Use a floss stick.
Run your tongue over your teeth as a habit. This will remind you your teeth are dirty.
We recommend flossing once a day and seeing a dentist regularly. So hurry and schedule an appointment with us today for a checkup. Also keep in mind that all thought gum, mints, and mouthwash give your mouth a fresh feel and smell they don’t replace brushing and flossing. Which are the only methods of, physically removing plaque from your teeth?