Did you know that about 60% of adults go to the dentist for a regular checkup, but only about 40% of them regularly care for their teeth properly? Dental care is actually a more serious matter than most people realize, and the importance of brushing your teeth cannot be understated. To better explain, here are three common questions and answers about brushing teeth.
- Not sure when to brush teeth?
- What is the importance of brushing teeth?
- What is the correct way to brush teeth?
Most people do not really know when to brush teeth because they were taught that it should be done once in the morning, and once in the evening. The twice a day for two minutes rule is really just the bare minimum. If possible, a person should be brushing their teeth after every meal, and especially after consuming sugary foods or drinks.
If gums bleed when brushing teeth, it could be a sign of gingivitis, which if not addressed can lead to peridontitis, an inflammation of the very ligaments and bones in your mouth. It is also important to brush your teeth to avoid cavities. Tooth decay is a common problem sometimes caused by poor diet, and lack of proper dental care. Perhaps one of the most important reasons to brush your teeth is that poor oral health can begin to affect the rest of your body. Other health issues that can arise include heart disease, diabetes, respiratory diseases, and halitosis.
Approximately 70% of adults older than 65 have peridontitis, which in most cases can be avoided by correctly brushing your teeth. Focus on each tooth and gently brush in small circles on every exposed surface. Brush along the gum line, the front, the base, and the back of the tooth. Flossing is also critical since a toothbrush can only reach so much surface area of teeth. You should be careful to not be brushing teeth too hard. You could do damage to your gums, or in rare cases to your enamel. Gentle pressure is enough to loosen plaque, stimulate gums, and remove debris.
Remember that good oral care is important to good overall health, and you should brush often, and correctly. Your dentist is an excellent resource for further information. Take care of your teeth, and they will take care of you.