It’s an adage that we’ve heard since we were kids — brushing your teeth is important. But how many of us have actually bothered to ask the question: why is it so important to brush our teeth? In this blog we will break down what brushing your teeth does and why it is a very good idea to regularly brush your chompers! If you need a dentist to clean and examine your teeth or you need dental implants, call us at Dr. Nahel Yanni’s dental clinic today. We specialize in making you comfortable during all dental procedures.
Brushing Your Teeth Removes Plaque
Plaque is a biofilm composed of many millions of bacteria. While these bacteria may normally be harmless, if you don’t brush your teeth they can form a thick layer called tartar which, in addition to being a yellow or brown substance that looks fairly gross, can also cause some pretty severe health problems both in your mouth and through the rest of your body. Plaque buildup can vary in severity and speed and it just depends on the conditions of each individual mouth, but this shouldn’t be an excuse to not take care of your mouth just because you can’t clearly see plaque building up. One of the most common areas for plaque to build up is between and behind your teeth.
Plaque can cause the following health problems:
- Gingivitis — Gingivitis (also called gum disease) is a buildup of plaque around your gums that can cause minor irritation, redness, soreness, and even bleeding. While gingivitis can be painful and irritating it is not a permanent problem and, following the removal of excess plaque, the symptoms will go away.
- Periodontitis — Periodontitis is what happens to the mouth if gingivitis is left untreated for too long. An infection of the gums, Periodontitis eats away at the bone of the jaw. In order to protect itself from further decay by the outside bacteria, the jaw will also start to break itself down. This means that your teeth can become loose, or even fall out due to a lack of support from the jaw bone. Periodontitis is the natural endpoint of gingivitis, but just because a person has gingivitis does not mean that it will develop into Periodontitis.
- Other Health Issues — There is evidence to suggest that large amounts of plaque and tartar from the mouth can have negative effects on other parts of the body. It is believed that bacteria from the mouth can move into the bloodstream and throughout the body where it can cause problems with everything from your heart to low-birth weights and premature births. While these are extreme examples, they’re not as uncommon as you think. This is just one of the many reasons why it is so important to brush your teeth regularly, and to see the dentist often.
Brushing Your Teeth Makes Your Smile Even Better
If you brush your teeth at least twice a day you’ve probably noticed how nice your smile is. This makes you want to smile more. Smiling has been shown to help you feel better when you’re ill, as well as helping you to be happy when things might not be going well. Smiling also has a lot of benefits socially — people like being around people who smile!
Now that you have some science to back up what you already know, make sure to keep brushing your teeth right before bed and at least one other time during the day. This will help prevent the buildup of harmful plaque and keep your teeth looking great! If you need a professional teeth-cleaning or a dental exam, please call us today. Our dentist, Dr. Nahel Yanni, is a gentle and caring dentist who will help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.