ROUTINE TOOTH BRUSHING CAN RESULT IN A HEALTHIER SMILE AND A HEALTHIER YOU
You are on your way to your scheduled dentist appointment, and you start to think back to the last time you went in for a cleaning. Once you’re there, it seems that everyone on the dental staff asks about your tooth-brushing routine. After you explain your routine, the staff usually suggests improving it by telling you how often you should brush your teeth.
More often than not, you agree to improve your tooth-brushing routine, and then go home not changing a thing. Dentists recommend routine tooth brushing to all of their patients, but what are the benefits?
Your teeth can become stained over time causing your smile to be unsightly. Drinking stain-causing beverages such as coffee, tea, or wine causes tooth discoloration, but don’t worry! There is a way you can reduce staining and still consume your favorite beverages.
By brushing your teeth immediately after you drink a cup of your favorite tooth-staining beverage, you will help prevent staining. Having a routine brushing schedule can prevent staining and keep your smile pearly white.
Routine tooth brushing can also kill the bacteria that grow in your mouth and causes bad breath.
A good starting point to having fresh breath is to establish your routine tooth-brushing schedule. Having a routine tooth-brushing schedule will ensure you get rid of any food that is stuck in your teeth, which causes bacteria to grow.
In addition to brushing your teeth, it is recommended you clean your tongue to help keep your mouth healthy and odor-free. Your tongue can hold bacteria that can contribute to bad breath. Using tools such as tongue brushes, tongue scrapers, or certain toothbrushes can help you scrub the bacteria from your tongue.
Make sure you use the right tools to brush your teeth and clean your tongue. The usual recommended tools are a soft-bristled toothbrush and a tongue scraper, but talk to your dentist if you are unsure of what to use.
If you have an established tooth-brushing routine and find you still have bad breath, talk to your dentist. Persistent bad breath can indicate serious health problems that your dentist can help you identify.
Oral Hygiene and Your Overall Health
Brushing your teeth routinely helps prevent gum disease and other infections. Gum disease is extremely common and harmful to your health. Without proper brushing, you have a greater chance of getting gum disease and additional oral infections. While some people believe their mouths are healthy because they don’t have cavities, that’s not necessarily true. You can have no cavities and fresh breath but still have poor oral hygiene. To find out other myths of gum disease visit the ADA’s website.
Bad oral bacteria can cause a plethora of health issues. Routine brushing can prevent plaque buildup and prevent cavities by removing harmful bacteria.
Not only is brushing your teeth good for your physical health, it also boosts your mental health. Having a fresh and clean smile helps you feel confident when talking to others. Routine tooth brushing provides tons of benefits. If you are unsure of what your tooth-brushing schedule should be, talk to your dentist or visit us at Bonaventure Dental Care.