Can you relate yourself to this? Does your busy schedule not give you time to take care of your teeth? Then YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
All dentists, our dear moms included, advocate brushing your teeth and that too TWICE A DAY! So, why is brushing so important? What happens if you don’t brush?
Imagine this – your face gets smeared with a very tasty chocolate cake at your birthday party. You wash it off, but only with water. Does your face feel clean? Do you feel a sticky layer all over your face? Well this is what happens when you eat food. A sticky, sugary layer gets formed, which acts as fodder for the various bacteria in your mouth (there are about 600 types!).
Now, when we don’t brush, this bacteria harbouring layer- called plaque, persists. The bacteria in plaque produce acids which cause dissolution of tooth structure and thus cavities. Also, they cause inflammation in gums – gingivitis – which leads to bleeding, bad breath and other gum problems. The more you avoid brushing the worse the condition becomes, ultimately leading to loose teeth, infection and tooth loss.
But brushing isn’t just about healthy gums or preventing cavities.
“The mouth is the doorway to your body’s overall health.” Bacteria developing there can invade other systems in your body. There’s mounting evidence that shows an association between poor dental hygiene and a wide variety of serious conditions that you would never suspect, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer.
So, brushing and flossing regularly seems a small price to pay for better health, sweater breath and a sparkling smile.
It’s recommended that you brush twice a day for 2minutes, floss once a day and visit a dentist at least once a year.
Continue reading our blog to know the right way of brushing and flossing.