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
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.
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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