Brushing your teeth is important for multiple reasons. The primary purpose of brushing our teeth is to keep them clean, prevent cavities. Brushing has some other benefits though.
Other important reasons to brush your teeth
- It helps get rid of and prevent bad breath
- Brushing kills germs that are in our mouths
- It keeps plaque from building up on our teeth
- It helps prevent gum disease
- Brushing your teeth prevents discoloration of your teeth
Most of these benefits of brushing your teeth can be combined into one big reason, and that is: Keeping your teeth and gums healthy. How does brushing your teeth help with that?
Brushing your teeth helps clean off the plaque, which is a clear bacterium that creates a film on your teeth. When you eat, these bacteria go bananas over all of the sugar that is left on your teeth. The bacteria break the sugar down into acid that is bad for your tooth enamel. Over time, this acid is what causes cavities to form in your teeth. This bacteria and acid can also cause a gum disease called gingivitis. Gingivitis causes your gums to be in pain, swollen, and red. Cavities and gum disease can both make it painful for you to eat until the problems are taken care of.
The best way to prevent plaque from building up on your teeth and causing cavities, gingivitis, or both, you need to use the following guidelines for brushing your teeth:
- Squeeze about a pea-sized amount of your favorite toothpaste onto your toothbrush
- Take 2-3 minutes to brush all of your teeth (not just the ones that are easy to get to)
- After brushing, swish the toothpaste around to get rid of bad breathe and other germs in your mouth
- Spit out the toothpaste and rinse your mouth out because swallowing too much toothpaste is not good for you
You should brush your teeth at least two times a day. To take extra good care of your teeth, you should also brush after every meal and sugary snack that you have throughout the day. In order to make sure your toothbrush is having the best effects, you should make sure that you replace it at least once every three months. You may need to replace it more frequently if you are brushing a lot or if you brush more heavily.
In addition to brushing your teeth, you should also floss at least twice a day to prevent gum disease. You should also consider using mouthwash to get rid of more bacteria and bad breath. Before using mouthwash, however, you should ask a dentist if it is right for you. Finally, you should see a dentist at least twice a year for a bi-annual cleaning and checkup. If you do all of this, then you are on your way to having a clean and healthy mouth!