Maintaining a proper oral care routine is vital. Your smile is one of the first things that others notice about you, and you want to make sure that your teeth and gums are as healthy as possible.
Brushing your teeth, at least twice daily, is one of the best ways to ensure that you are taking care of your oral health.
Brushing your teeth with a toothpaste that has fluoride in it is important not only to freshening your breath, but also keeping cavities at bay, preventing tooth decay and even preventing gum disease.
In adults, gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. It can also lead to strokes or even heart attacks. These may seem a far stretch, but you’d be wrong in assuming that. Our oral health affects not just our mouths but also our entire bodies.
The reason that tooth brushing is so important is because when we eat our food, all of which contains some sort of sugar or starch, attaches to the bacterial plaque on our teeth which then creates a chemical reaction.
Bacterial Plaque is the sticky residue that forms on our teeth, and this chemical reaction eats away at the enamel on our teeth, with is what causes tooth decay.
Signs of Unhealthy Mouth
The plaque will eventually lead to gum disease. The gums will become red and irritated, and start bleeding and be tender and swollen. This can lead to what is known as gingivitis which is commonly referred to as the beginning stages of gum disease.
If caught in the early stages gingivitis can be treated and reversed, but if not the gums can begin to pull away from the teeth.
If the gums do start to pull away from the teeth, then the bone that supports the teeth can become infected, and the teeth could become loose and need to be removed. This is a scary thought and possibility, and not something that anyone wants to be faced with.
To help ensure that you are not confronted with the scary thought of losing your teeth to gum disease or tooth decay, make sure that you are taking proper care of your teeth. Choosing the right toothbrush is important.
Proper Way of Cleaning Your Teeth
Some people prefer that their oral care needs are best suited with a manual brush. If you are one of these people, make sure that you are brushing your teeth for at least two minutes, and that you are cleaning all of your teeth.
Do not only focus on the front teeth but make sure that you are hitting the side teeth and molars. Also, brush the back of your teeth.
Others decide that they would rather use an electric toothbrush. Some of the fancier electronic ones have timers for each side of your mouth and let you know when you’re done brushing on that side. Everything is automated. The only thing you may have to worry about is making sure that you are using just the right amount of pressure on your teeth.