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Why Brushing and Flossing are Important

September 3, 2013

Brushing and flossing are two very important parts to your oral hygiene routine.  You should always brush at least twice a day, and after every meal if you can.  Use a soft toothbrush because brushing with a harder one can damage your teeth and gums.  It is also important to brush your tongue as many germs live on the tongue and can cause bad breath and tooth decay.  Also, you should floss every day to help remove any particles that were missed while brushing, and it will help leave your mouth fresh.

 

 

Why you should brush your teeth

 

Brushing your teeth not only helps prevent against tooth decay, it also helps prevent gum disease.  What you may not know is, gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults and has even been linked to heart attacks and strokes.  Brushing is also beneficial because it removes tooth stains and helps you avoid bad breath.  The foods that we eat contain sugars and starches, and when combined with plaque, it produces an acid that attacks tooth enamel.  This then leads to tooth decay.  Brushing your teeth properly removes plaque from the surfaces of the teeth.  It is recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice a day for about two minutes, and after each meal if possible.  Also make sure to replace your toothbrush every three months, or sometimes sooner if the bristles start to get worn.  In order to maintain good oral hygiene, it is important to brush, floss, and visit your dentist for regular check ups.

 

 

Why you should floss your teeth

 

Flossing is important because it helps remove food trapped between the teeth and removes the film of bacteria that forms there before it has a chance to harden into plaque.  Cleaning between teeth is essential to your daily oral hygiene, and brushing alone cannot clean effectively between these tight spaces.  You can floss before or after brushing.  If you floss before brushing you loosen particles that can then be brushed away.  The fluoride from the toothpaste has a better chance of reaching between your teeth.  By flossing you are reducing the chance of getting cavities, as most are formed between your teeth where it is harder or impossible for the toothbrush to reach.  The cavities between your teeth are some of the least pleasant, and can be costly and difficult to remove.

 

 

Benefits of proper brushing and flossing

 

There are numerous benefits for proper brushing and flossing.  The main benefit is that it helps prevent tooth decay and cavities.  By taking care of your teeth now, you can save money, stress, and anxiety in the future.  Proper mouth care can boost your self-esteem and confidence by providing you with a beautiful smile.  It can also prevent periodontal disease, which has been tied to overall health.  Proper brushing and flossing will keep your mouth fresh and healthy, and prevent bad breath.  This is beneficial for both you and those around you.  Also, make sure to keep going to your regularly scheduled examinations at the dentist to keep your mouth as healthy as it can be.

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