01 May Why It is Important to Brush Your Teeth Now More than Ever
There are 365 days in a year. With twice-annual visits to the dentist, that means we responsible for maintaining the health of our mouth the remaining 363 days. With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is even more important that we are committed to a daily routine for brushing, flossing, and rinsing.
While we may be diligent in brushing and flossing regularly, we are also eating, drinking, talking, kissing, and smoking, activities that expose our mouths to a host of germs every second of the day. Add to this seasonal allergy, common colds, and other illnesses. The bacteria live in our mouth, causing a sticky film on our teeth known as plaque. Left unattended plaque can turn to tartar which further harbors more bacteria, causing dental decay, gum, and periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a systemic disease that has been linked to other health issues including cardiovascular disease, respiratory infection, diabetes, and oral cancer. Caring for your mouth has a positive effect on whole-health wellness, and takes just a few minutes each day.
Brush, Floss, and Rinse
Brush 2 times per day for 2 minutes. Two minutes is the recommended time to effectively clean your teeth. Brushing your teeth includes cleaning your entire mouth: gums, the roof of mouth and tongue. The tongue comes into contact with all that we put into our mouth and can become a breeding ground for bacteria, causing everything from infection to bad breath. As with brushing your teeth, gentle is best. Choose a soft-bristle brush and apply minimal pressure. Extensive brushing more than 3 times per day can cause early wear on the enamel or premature receding of the gum. Remember 2 x 2 will do!
While brushing is the most important part of cleaning teeth, it is the first step. A toothbrush cannot always reach small crevices or get in-between the narrow spaces between teeth. Flossing plays a critical role as well by removing stuck or hidden food particles that can contribute to plaque build-up. Once plaque builds up on your teeth it can only be removed by your dentist. Floss once per day as part of your evening routine. Gargle with alcohol-free mouthwash as the last step, to give teeth a final rinse
Out with the Old – In with the New
When the bristles on your toothbrush start to fray and bend outward, it is an overdue sign to throw it in the garbage. Replace your toothbrush every 3 months for effective and healthy cleaning. This includes electric toothbrush heads. It is also important to replace your toothbrush after any illness including the common cold. Buying toothbrushes in bulk make it easy to follow this guideline and may save money.
Along with regular 6-month check-ups, these simple tips will ensure the health of your mouth which also affects the overall health of your body. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Dragana Angelova
Imperial Dental Center
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