As a kid, you likely learned the importance of brushing your teeth twice a day. The adults in your life may have scared you into thinking that your teeth would fall out of your head if you didn’t brush properly or frequently, but that probably got you brushing every morning and night! But do you really need to brush your teeth two times a day? Let’s review three good reasons why your family dentist recommends brushing your teeth twice daily.
Keeps your breath fresh
Regular brushing keeps bacteria away—if you get away from this habit, bacterial buildup in your mouth will make your breath smell funky. If your breath smells repulsive, then people are not going to want to be around you. Simply put, bad breath does not benefit anyone—in fact, it can be a precursor to much bigger oral health problems.
You may be wondering if it’s necessary to brush your teeth more than once a day. The answer is yes. Brushing regularly keeps the spaces between and around your teeth clear of food so bacteria doesn’t have any surfaces to adhere to. When you brush twice a day, food debris is brushed away, as is any accompanying bacteria.
Prevents gum disease
You’ve heard of gum disease—the most common being gingivitis—but is it really as bad as it sounds? It can be, and it can start forming soon after you stop brushing your teeth on a regular basis. This happens because all that plaque buildup allows bacteria to work deep into your gums, where it sits and festers.
One of the first signs of gingivitis is your gums bleeding when you brush or floss. General tooth sensitivity is another potential indicator of gum disease. To prevent any types of gum disease, brush your teeth once when you wake up and again before you go to sleep. Brushing away tooth gunk is the best way to eliminate bacteria and reduce your risk of gum diseases.
Removes surface stains on teeth
Unless you get teeth whitening often, you’re bound to have some level of yellow surface staining. Do you know how those nasty yellow stains come about? It happens when the bacteria in your mouth sticks onto your teeth, leaving once pearly white surfaces a shade of not-so-white. Side effects of having yellow teeth include a lack of confidence and the appearance that you are in poor health—these are reason enough to get anyone back to following a regular brushing routine.
How does brushing remove yellow tooth stains? Well, dentist-approved toothpastes contain ingredients that target and eliminate debris from the surfaces of your teeth, and therefore the stains that come with it. Do you already have stained teeth? Talk to your dentist about the best stain removal methods.
Regular brushing is an important step in everyone’s oral health maintenance and care routine. Have a conversation with your family dentist about the importance of general teeth exams, professional teeth cleanings and cosmetic dentistry. Call Modern Smiles Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment anytime!
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