Keeping your mouth clean is an important factor for avoiding getting bad teeth and bad breath, and it is crucial especially for your overall health.

If we don’t clean the teeth properly, gum disease can easily develop. Gingivitis is the early stage of inflamed tissues surrounding the teeth. The gums start to hurt, they get swollen, red and can bleed.

Periodontal disease (periodontitis) is a severe gum disease. It develops due to bacteria which infect the tissues around the teeth. If it does not get treated by a dentist it can lead to losing your teeth. The best thing is to not let it come so far.

Medical studies have found out that dental and gum disease are linked to joint diseases (arthritis). Dr. Frank Billings (1854-1932) did already in his days prove by several studies that tooth infections and gum inflammations spread throughout the entire body and causes arthritis and many other health issues.

Medical studies have also been done to find out if there is a link between gum disease and heart disease. It has not yet been fully verified, but there is plenty of evidence that gum disease can cause heart disease. The bacteria can attach to fatty deposits in the bloodstream and this can cause blood clotting, which can then cause heart attacks or stroke.

This is why it is important to clean your teeth daily. Continue reading and you’ll learn how to brush and floss your teeth properly.


How to Prevent Tooth Decay and Gum Disease


Clean Your Teeth!Nowadays most of us know of the great importance to brush the teeth every day. But I’m quite sure many people do neglect flossing their teeth regularly.

Continue reading and you’ll learn how to brush and floss your teeth properly. Even those of you who might think I’m doing this right, I do recommend to watch the short videos and see if there is something that you may change in favour to your mouth and teeth health.


Brush Your Teeth


  • Brush your teeth every morning and every evening with a soft-bristled manual or powered toothbrush, for at least 2 minutes each time.
  • Change your toothbrush every 3 months. If the bristles are frayed replace it immediately with a new one. A worn toothbrush can damage your gums.
  • It is recommended to use a fluoride toothpaste, as it helps to prevent cavities. The fluoride strengthens your teeth and helps to prevent tooth decay.
    Caution: for children under the age of two, use fluoride free toothpaste. A small child can swallow too much fluoride and when taken in it can cause discoloration on the teeth and make them feel rough.


Check this short video on how to brush your teeth:



Floss Your Teeth


Floss your teeth preferably every evening after having brushed your teeth. The toothbrush can’t reach the areas in between your teeth.

  • Flossing your teeth removes dental plaque*.
  • Flossing prevents gum disease.
  • Flossing helps to stop bad breath.

*Plaque is a sticky coating made up of bacteria and sugar. The tricky thing is that the plaque is colourless, so even if your teeth look white they may be full of plaque.

If you neglect to floss your teeth, the plaque will turn into a yellow or brown coloured tartar. This you won’t be able to brush away, it can only be removed by a dentist.

The tartar can cause a swelling of your gums and in the end, cause severe gum disease.


Check this short video on how to properly floss your teeth:



Spending a couple of extra minutes per day on your tooth care is more than worth it.
Rather than spending time on being sick.
Prevention is always better!



To Sum It Up


Why Dental Care Is so Important


To prevent holes in your teeth (caries).

To prevent gum inflammations (gingivitis).

To prevent the gum disease periodontitis.

To prevent bacteria to enter the bloodstream and cause severe illness like for example heart disease and arthritis.


Big Bonus


It will save you lots of pain and money, not having to do tooth fillings, tooth extractions and dentures.

It will make you more attractive with a beautifully clean and white smile.

You’ll get a fresh breath.



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14 Thoughts on “Why Is It Important to Clean Your Teeth?”

  • Hi, Pernilla,

    To be honest, I have overlooked the importance of flossing the teeth! I didn’t know it’s half of the battle, as it was mentioned in the video! You opened my eyes, so from now on I will start doing it!

    Actually, what I realized is cleaning and brushing one’s teeth are not overlapping terms, and brushing is only part of the cleaning process!

    Thank you very much for all this simple, but fundamental tips!

    • Hello Tony,

      Thank you so much for your comment!
      Exactly, cleaning the teeth is not done with the brushing. Flossing the teeth is just as important. I’m very glad that my post made you aware of how important it really is. If we also make a habit out of flossing the teeth, soon you don’t want to miss the wonderful fresh feeling.

      Wish you healthy, happy teeth!

  • I enjoy how you make learning how to be healthier so easy in simple easy steps, I have a questions which drives me crazy when choosing dental floss, how does one choose the best dental floss for their teeth? So many to choose from, how important is choosing the right dental floss?


    • Hello Jeff,

      I am very happy to hear that you enjoy reading and learning about my easy steps to a healthier life.
      What kind of dental floss is the best, is very individual. The best thing would be to ask your dentist what he/she recommends for you. In general, I can say that waxed floss can be easier to slide between closely spaced teeth, and the unwaxed floss will squeak against cleaned teeth, indicating plaque has been removed. Personally, I prefer a waxed floss as I can get a better hold on the floss and so I don’t hurt my gums as much as with the unwaxed one.
      It actually doesn’t matter that much what kind of floss you choose. The most important is that you do floss your teeth regularly (preferably every evening) and that the floss feels good for you. I suggest you try different kinds of floss and stay with the one that suits you best.
      Hope my answer helped you, and if you need additional tips, please contact me again.
      All the best,

  • Very important post Pernilla. Our teeth are part of our body and can be affected by inflammation and disease. Which in fact is like other parts of the body or maybe worse the teeth are in the head which controls our body. We should especially take care of our teeth.

    • Hello Fred,

      Thank you so much for your comment. Yes, when we take care of our teeth properly, then we will less likely develop inflammations and chronical diseases. Isn’t it amazing how everything is connected in our body? So let’s be aware of this and clean our teeth as good as we can every day.
      All the best,

  • Thank you for a very good article! So helpful and informative!

    I must admit that I had really bad swollen gums some months ago. At first, I didn’t think much of it. I thought brushing my teeth, flossing and using mouth wash would make it go away. I was so wrong! It got worse! I had to finally see my dentist to treat it.

    My gums are better now. But I learned some things:
    1. I was not brushing right.
    2. I was not flossing right.
    3. I was not using the right mouth wash
    4. Having diabetes, does make me more susceptible to dental problems such as swollen gums.

    Now, after reading your article, plus the useful pics and videos, I know to have better dental cleaning habits. Thank you! I will bookmark this and refer to it often.

    • Hello Timotheus,

      Thank you so much for telling about your experiences. I am very happy you found my post helpful. It will need some time until you have internalized the change in how you brush and floss the teeth. For the next couple of weeks, it is important that you are aware of how you hold your toothbrush when brushing your teeth and how you hold the floss when flossing. Mostly we do clean our teeth with an automatic mind, so to say, and then it often happens that we are not as careful as we should be.
      Best wishes,

  • Great post. I have periodontal disease and have had many surgeries for that. I think I inherited it and as a child was never given much advice on dental hygiene, so I am paying the price now. I floss every day, sometimes several times a day. I also use a water pik which is very messy. UGH. Love your suggestions and thanks for another great post!

    • Hello again Amy!
      I’m sorry to hear that you have periodontal disease. Yes, if it runs in the family, the children most possibly inherit this genetic weak point. The dental hygiene in the childhood is extremely important for developing healthy habits.
      The most important now is that you have come aware of this and take care of your health as best as you can.
      I appreciate you leaving your comments, thank you so much!

  • Hello Pernilla,
    This is a very informative post about the importance of cleaning your teeth. I have always known, because mom is a former nurse, that dental problems and bad breath could be a sign of bigger health issues. So, I always made sure that I didn’t have bad breath not only because I didn’t want to offend anyone, but also to check on my health. That said, I learned a lot from your post as to the specifics of why cleaning your teeth is important.
    You do an excellent job of explaining and showing–through those great videos–as to why that is the case. I never knew, for example, specifically the link between gum disease and heart disease. Now I do. Great post.

    • Hello Thabo,

      It is always interesting to receive your comments. Thank you very much!
      I’m happy you learned something new from reading my post and watching the videos. By keeping our mouth clean we do a lot for our overall health. Such an easy way to stay healthy and avoid chronical diseases.
      Look forward to hearing from you again.
      All the best,

    • Hello Alan,

      Happy you find the post helpful.
      If you have any questions about healthy living, don’t hesitate to contact me.
      Wish you a happy & healthy life!

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