It is important to brush your teeth and flossing to prevent gum disease. Refusal to brush one’s teeth for several days can lead to the onset of gum disease. Brushing ensures the removal of plaque, which is the primary cause for tooth decay and gum disease; it also arrests the build-up of any plaque formation.

Flossing

Dental floss is an effective and easy to use tool that can be among your best defenses for preventing periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is caused by a buildup of plaque and bacteria. Your daily oral hygiene routine should include a thorough brushing that lasts for two minutes, at least twice each day. You should also be incorporating floss into your routine as well. Dental floss is effective at cleaning areas where your toothbrush cannot reach. Small gaps and tight spaces between teeth catch food debris as well as sugars and acids from drinks all day long. Flossing helps to clean out these tough to reach spaces.

It only takes a few minutes to floss your teeth each day, but those few minutes can contribute to a lifetime of optimal oral health. Floss is among the most effective tools at your disposal to keep your gums clean and healthy. Get into the habit of flossing your teeth regularly – your gums will thank you.

Brushing Your Teeth

Brushing one’s teeth can help prevent tooth decay that can lead to dental cavities, which is the formation of holes on the teeth, a condition that can result in a tooth loss. Brushing also helps prevent bad breath, which may potentially discourage friends, colleagues, and family members from developing deeper interpersonal relationships with you.

It is important to brush your teeth to prevent gum disease. Refusal to brush one’s teeth for several days can lead to the onset of gum disease. Brushing ensures the removal of plaque, which is the primary cause for tooth decay and gum disease; it also arrests the build-up of any plaque formation.

  • Toothbrushes come in different sizes and shapes, and start off with very small ones for toddlers, all the way up to large adult size heads. Make sure you look for a soft bristle tooth brush and that the shape and size of your toothbrush easily fits into your mouth. It should provide you with enough room to easily reach all the different areas.
  • It is important to brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time.
  • If you have a new toothbrush and the bristles are quick to fray, then there is a chance you could be brushing too hard.
  • It is a good practice to change out your tooth brush every 3-4 months. Just like trying to brush your hair with a hairbrush that doesn’t have proper bristles, a worn out tooth brush is equally as inefficient.
  • The toothpaste you use should be an ADA-accepted toothpaste. This is important to ensure the right amount of fluoride is in your toothpaste.