Dental hygiene is often overlooked as people believe they can get away with not brushing their teeth on a daily basis. The bad news is, if you want to keep your teeth in good condition for the foreseeable future, you need to brush them at least twice a day, for 2 minutes.

You should choose a soft or medium toothbrush, that is the appropriate size and shape to reach all areas of your mouth.

Your toothbrush should be placed at a 45-degree angle to the gums, gently moving the brush back and forth in short tooth width strokes. Be sure to brush all areas of the teeth, inner, outer and pay particular attention to the chewing areas.

Flossing is a vital part of dental health and should be conducted daily. Flossing will remove any bacteria that is left lingering between teeth that ordinary brushing cannot reach.

People often have the misconception that using mouthwash or chewing gum can act as a suitable alternative to brushing and flossing. However there is no substitute for those two minutes of focused cleaning.

Skipping brushing can lead to a lot of unpleasant situations, including bad breath.

 

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Plaque can develop in one day

You may be running late and think, oh it’s ok if I skip teeth cleaning just once, but too much time between brushings will lead to a bacterial plaque buildup, which in time will lead to the risk of gum inflammation and other problems.

Coloration is a red flag

We all want pearly-white teeth, but many of us can’t achieve this goal without professional intervention. If you notice discoloration or staining on your teeth, it can be a sign you need to brush more often. Plaque deposits increase the level of discoloration in your teeth and as the surface of the tooth becomes porous debris accumulates.

Certain foods can also increase tooth staining red wine, coffee and tea are all culprits so should be taken in moderation or the mouth rinsed with water afterwards.

Bad breath

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is another sign of insufficient brushing. The bad odor is caused by the bacteria that builds up in the mouth. When you suffer from this condition it’s a good idea to brush your tongue as well as your teeth, to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth.

Cavities are permanent

Skipping brushing multiple times a week can lead to cavities, which are permanent. Cavities are small holes in the outer layer of the teeth, the enamel, which can only be filled by the dentist. If left untreated the hole will grow larger and larger, until the dentist will have to remove the entire tooth.

Another good reason not to skip brushing is the cost of dental treatments! One single root canal can leave you $2,000 worse off!

Heart disease is linked to tooth decay

If aesthetics aren’t a concern of yours and having a dazzling white smile has no appeal, you might want to at least consider the health ramifications of poor dental hygiene. Studies confirmed that the bacteria found in periodontal infections is common to cardiovascular diseases. Moreover, many patients with cardiovascular conditions have a gum disease or suffer from tooth decay. The prolonged inflammation in your mouth can alter your heart’s condition, so brushing keeps your heart healthy by reducing the amount of inflammation in the body.

Don’t skip the dental checkups

If you make a habit out of skipping brushing, it is imperative that you don’t miss the 6 monthly check ups with your dentist. They can at least give you advice on any concerns that they have and identify any issues before they become expensive or problematic. Hopefully they can educate and motivate you on a better dental health regime.

If you want to have a beautiful, white smile, you need to take care of your teeth. Brushing twice a day, using an FDA approved paste, flossing and enjoying a balanced diet can keep your smile in top shape. Don’t risk your health and your smile for the sake of 2 minutes!