As an adult, you've most likely grown up hearing about the importance of brushing your teeth. For many of us, we accepted and understood this fact to be true and inflexible. Yet, do you know why it's so important to brush your teeth? Knowing what you are preventing every day might inspire fewer nights where you skip brushing your teeth.
We all know that brushing your teeth is an integral part of your oral health routine, but why?
Throughout the day, as we snack, eat, or drink, we introduce sugars into our mouth that cause bacteria that live in our mouth to create acids that cover the enamel of our teeth. This sticky film on the surface of our teeth can start eating away at our enamel, especially if you don't brush your teeth to remove it. Over time, plaque will harden into tartar and can only be removed by a dental professional. Even worse, the plaque can eat a hole in your enamel and create a cavity known as tooth decay.
How Do You Prevent Cavities?
The best way to prevent this terrible scenario is by maintaining a healthy mouth. According to the ADA, patients should:
- Brush teeth twice a day with a gentle toothbrush. The toothbrush mustn't be too big or small for your mouth
- Replace your toothbrush when it starts looking worn, a frayed brush won't do much good for cleaning!
- Use ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste
- Brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums
- Move the brush in short, back and forth strokes
- Eat a healthy diet with limited sugar
- Hydrate with water frequently
A Healthy Mouth Means a Healthy Body
No man is an island, and that includes our health systems. Everything in our body is interconnected, so an infection in your gums could impact your heart or other systems. By keeping your teeth and gums strong and vibrant, we prevent issues to your general well-being.