We are all well used to being told that we need to brush our teeth – it’s a habit that we’ve been encouraged to get into from a very early age. But do you actually know why it’s important to include this in your daily dental routine? Below are 10 very good reasons why brushing your teeth is a very good thing.
1. Avoid bad breath. If you don’t brush your teeth regularly then the build up of bacteria can give you terrible halitosis. Brushing twice a day and chewing sugar free gum can help you avoid bad breath.
2. Steer clear of gum disease. Plaque build up in the area where your teeth meet your gums is the principle cause of gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease. Brushing can help avoid this, as it will remove the food and bacteria that tends to build up in the mouth.
3. Don’t waste money. Dental bills can be expensive if you’re careless with your dental health and brushing your teeth can help keep them in good condition. Teeth that are maintained and healthy are much less likely to experience issues that cost a lot of money to correct.
4. Reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Gum disease can result in bacteria from the mouth entering the bloodstream and this can increase cholesterol – this, in turn, may raise the risk of a stroke or heart attack.
5. Keep teeth looking good. The toothpaste we use when we brush contains mild abrasives, which can help remove stains and any debris that has built up on the surface of your teeth. The result is that your teeth with look cleaner and most likely whiter too.
6. Avoid arthritis. Research shows that people who have gum disease have an increased risk of arthritis – in fact you are eight times more likely to end up with rheumatoid arthritis. This is thought to be because the proteins produced by bacteria in the gums result in an immune reaction that can lead to problematic joint issues.
7. Avoid problems with unborn babies. There is research that indicates expectant mothers with gum disease have an increased risk of giving birth to premature babies with low birth weights.
8. Conception delay. The bacteria from gum disease is thought to be one of the many reasons behind conception issues and may also contribute to impotence problems.
9. Avoid dementia. Poor dental health can contribute to the condition dementia – if you don’t take care of your teeth you can increase the risk of dementia by around a third.
10. Avoid or lessen effects of diabetes. Gum disease of any type tends to make it more difficult to manage blood sugar. This may also make it more difficult to control the progression of diabetes for those who already have it.
If you have any concerns about your oral health – or you would like advice on looking after your teeth and gums – then feel free to get in contact with your local Smile Pad practice.