Brushing your teeth may be one of the most important things you do for your dental health today. Our Beverly Hills dentist recommends brushing at least twice a day or after meals for several great reasons.
1. Fresh breath
Tiny particles of the food you eat can become food for oral bacteria. As these bacteria process the food, they create acids. The combination of food particles, bacteria and waste products can result in unpleasant breath. Brushing your teeth reduces the bacteria in your mouth and keeps your breath fresh and inoffensive.
2. Healthy gums
Your gums should look firm, pink and snug around each of your teeth. When plaque and bacteria build up on your teeth because you have skipped one too many brushings, your gums can become irritated. Eventually, they will pull away from your teeth. Brushing your teeth keeps plaque and bacteria under control and gums healthy.
3. Healthy teeth
The acidic byproducts of oral bacteria attack the enamel on your teeth. If not brushed regularly, your teeth will begin to decay. Use fluoride toothpaste each time you brush to slash this risk.
4. Bright smile
Plaque, the sticky film that houses bacteria, may be colorless on its own, but it easily accumulates stains from foods and drinks. Brush that sticky plaque off for an immediately brighter smile.
5. Healthier body
Tooth loss, gum disease and tooth decay have all been linked to a lack of dental hygiene. However, they are also linked to poorer overall health. Periodontal disease is linked to cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and respiratory infections while tooth loss is linked to dementia and obesity.
Contact our Beverly Hills dentist today to learn more or to schedule your next appointment.