6 Reasons Why Brushing Your Teeth is Essential

Post by: Gerarda on 21 May 2019

  1. Prevents Gum Disease – While poor oral hygiene, no regular trips to your dentist and genetics play a role in gum disease, so does non-existent brushing or insufficient brushing. If you´ve had a meal or a snack and have not brushed or flossed or at least rinsed your mouth then there will be leftover food deposits in your mouth. As a consequence those food deposits encourage bacteria which harden and become plaque. This can be seen as a white or yellowish substance at the gum line or between the teeth. The bacteria in the plaque irritates the gums and causes inflammation and the gums bleed when you brush. This is also known as gingivitis and is the first stage of gum disease. The solution? Brush at least two or three times a day (three is ideal) to prevent plaque building up in the first place. And floss.
  2. Removes Stains on Teeth   The best way to do that is to have a good toothbrush and gentle toothpaste that you use at least twice a day. A soft toothbrush to be exact. For stains from coffee, red wine, ketchup and other teeth staining foods your toothbrush is your best defence.
  3. Maintains Fresh Breath As the remains of your meal accumulate, subsequent bacteria in the mouth are going to accumulate as well. This results in bad breath or halitosis. To prevent bacteria from building up, brush your teeth regularly, at least twice a day. If you cannot brush after eating then rinse your mouth to help prevent food from becoming trapped between teeth.
  4. Reduces Chance of Major Illnesses – Just as a prolonged plaque build-up on teeth causes gum disease, a plaque build-up in the arteries causes a heart attack or stroke. Are they the same plaque? No, but according to the Mayo Clinic there may be a link between infected gums (gingivitis) and infected heart tissue (endocarditis). Nevertheless, as researchers do not until now understand the link, just that there is one, it is best to play it safe and treat one condition knowing that it may benefit you in treating another.
  5. Pregnancy – Changes in hormones cause greater gum sensitivity, therefore, pregnant women are more susceptible to gingivitis.
  6. Saves Money – If you ever wonder if you are brushing your teeth correctly, have your dentist explain the proper brushing technique. Being proactive by brushing and visiting your dentist regularly can result in having lower dental bills as your dentist knows what is happening in your mouth and will inform you of any changes.
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Posted on Tuesday 21st May 2019 at 9:07 am

Extend Your Life Span By Flossing Your Teeth

Post by: Stockholm Dental Clinic on 25 Jan 2013

Christmas is a memory and New Year´s resolutions are fast diminishing their importance as 2013 sees the near end of its first month. Many of our good intentions are quickly flying out the window as time slips by as if it were collecting triple air miles on some exclusive airline. Where is January going? And why is it travelling so quickly?

If one of those resolutions you made with very good intentions was to floss daily, then that is one resolution to keep. If though, you seem to be finding every excuse under the sun not to floss, then I am sure we have heard them all and we can also give you a way around them all.

Do you say that your gums bleed when they floss? Chances are you have gingivitis, something for which you really need to be flossing, or maybe you have the floss too long and it is snapping between the teeth instead of you guiding it with a shorter piece. If you say that the floss shreds when you floss perhaps you have a broken tooth or you have an ill fitting crown. Then you need to see your dentist. If you feel you don´t have time to floss then think of it as part of your daily hygiene. You wash your face and brush your teeth before getting into bed, then add an extra 1-2 min for flossing. What will you do with the 1-2 min you saved otherwise? If you don´t think that food gets between your teeth then you are mistaken, unless your teeth are so spaced that you can see between them. As your tooth brush doesn’t get between the teeth then you need to floss. The micro particles left after eating and drinking need to be flossed away as otherwise they become plaque. Plaque is what causes tooth decay over time, or inflamed gums or periodontal disease.

There are a host of other excuses people use for not flossing, but if research from the prestigious Emory University is to be believed then, “Periodontal disease is a serious health problem that is not just isolated to the mouth and gums,” says Dr. Steven M. Roser. “It can become a portal for infection to enter the body and cause other serious health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. It has also been proven to affect pregnancy, increasing the risk of low birth weight similar to that of smoking.” And if that is still not enough then, Michael F. Roizen MD states in his book “New Age” that “flossing can add 6.4 years to your life”.

Now what do you think of that extra minute?

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Posted on Friday 25th January 2013 at 12:40 pm