Since the time we were little children, the importance of dental hygiene has been impressed upon us. We were told on a daily basis to brush our teeth and we likely visited the dentist on a regular basis, both for preventative measures and to correct any problems that may have taken place. Now that we are older, it is still important for us to understand the importance of brushing our teeth and taking care of our oral health.
If someone were to ask you what the benefits were to brushing your teeth, you might come up with a number of different answers. The majority of us would simply say it was to keep them clean or to avoid tooth decay, but those are really only scratching the surface of some of the true benefits that you may experience. As a matter of fact, some of the benefits of brushing your teeth actually have nothing to do with your teeth at all!
Why Should You Brush Your Teeth?
Preventing Tooth Decay
As was mentioned above, one of the primary benefits of brushing your teeth is to avoid tooth decay and cavities. When we take care of our teeth from a young age, we may be able to avoid those problems that tend to occur later in life. Of course, it is never too late to start brushing your teeth and caring for your oral health.
This issue, sometimes referred to as gum disease, is relatively common among adults. In fact, many adults have some form of the disease, regardless of whether it is a simple inflammation of the gums or a serious issue that causes damage to the bone that supports the teeth. Caring for your teeth by brushing them regularly can help to slow down or stop this issue if it is already a problem and can help prevent it if it has not yet occurred.
Another reason why brushing your teeth can be of benefit to you is because it can make you feel good about yourself. When you have that extra boost of confidence that comes from having a beautiful smile, it is going to be noticed by everyone who is looking in your direction.
There is no doubt that having work done on your teeth can be expensive, especially if you don't have insurance to cover it. Taking preventative measures by brushing your teeth on a regular basis can help to reduce issues with your oral health and ultimately, will save you money.
Surprising Benefits of Brushing Your Teeth Regularly
Along with the fairly obvious benefits that were mentioned above there are also some surprising benefits associated with brushing your teeth on a regular basis. Some of these don't even have anything to do with your teeth, yet it has been proven to be true.
The bacteria that can build up on the teeth could enter into the lungs and lead to a number of different respiratory diseases, including COPD or developing pneumonia.
Although brushing your teeth daily does not guarantee you will avoid dementia in your older years, the Journal of American Geriatrics Society published a report that showed individuals who did not brush were at a much greater risk for developing dementia.
According to a report in Prevention Magazine, brushing your teeth after you eat may send signals to your brain that lets you know that it is time to stop eating.
Some studies have even shown that your dental health is directly related to your risk of heart attack. When you have healthy teeth, you may just have a healthier heart.
How to Brush Your Teeth Properly
Most of us feel as if we understand how to brush our teeth properly. After all, we have been doing it our entire life! At times, however, it is good to take a refresher and to review how to properly brush your teeth. You might just find that you will fall into a habit that could be causing problems with your dental health.
Choose the Proper Toothbrush
When you stand in the aisle at the drugstore or grocery store and look at all of the toothbrush choices, you might find that it is rather overwhelming. It seems as if there are so many options, you could never choose the one that is just right for you.
First of all, it is best if you choose a soft bristle brush because it will be better for removing debris and plaque from the surface of the teeth. The head of the brush should also be relatively small because it could be difficult to reach the back teeth with a larger brush.
Make sure that the toothbrush is replaced approximately every 3 months. It may even need to be replaced sooner if you see that the bristles have become worn. Worn bristles are not going to do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
Proper Brushing Technique
The toothbrush should be held at a 45 degree angle and you should brush back and forth with short, gentle strokes. Work your way around the teeth until you have cleaned all of the outer surfaces and then move to the inner and chewing surfaces.
The toothbrush will need to be tilted to clean the inside surface of the teeth effectively. When you get to the front teeth, turn the toothbrush vertically and make several strokes up and down to ensure that you are not missing those important areas.
You should brush your teeth a minimum of two times per day and spend approximately two minutes doing so. Some people prefer to brush after every meal, and that is a good habit to have as well.
In addition to regular brushing, you should floss to clean between the teeth.
Not only is it important to pay attention to the way that you brush your teeth, you should also eat a balanced diet and avoid snacking between meals. This will help you to have a higher level of dental health and avoid problems.
As a final note, make sure that you visit Redding Dental Group on a regular basis for a checkup and to have your teeth professionally cleaned. This is also an important part of your overall oral hygiene. We are there for you to take these preventative measures and to assist when problems occur.