Regular tooth brushing is the first step in maintaining good dental health. Maintaining a regular brushing and flossing schedule contributes to a beautiful smile, fewer cavities, and improved general health. In the following paragraphs, learn when, how often, and proper brushing techniques.
How Often Should You Brush Your Teeth Each Day?
The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) advises using a soft-bristled brush to clean your teeth twice a day, in the morning and the evening. The CDA advises brushing your teeth for at least two minutes each time and covering all of your teeth. Every day, besides brushing, it’s crucial to clean between your teeth. You can floss between teeth with dental floss, floss picks, or a water flosser. Plaque and bits of food can get stuck under your gum line and between your teeth. Cleaning or flossing these areas can help get rid of them. You risk developing cavities and other dental disorders if you skip this step too frequently. Bacteria can then stick to your teeth or gum line. Find out from your dentist what kind of floss or flossing system is best for you.
If You Don't Brush Your Teeth, What Will Happen?
Sometimes not brushing your teeth before night will not likely result in long-term problems. However, skipping morning or evening brushing on a regular basis may increase your risk of developing dental problems and illnesses. Plaque growth and cavities are the issues that arise most frequently due to doing it inadequately. When you don’t wash your teeth regularly, food particles and germs attach to your teeth and form plaque. Your teeth’s enamel may dissolve due to the damage plaque bacteria can do. Cavities might eventually occur as a result of this.
You risk developing gingivitis, a kind of early gum disease, if the plaque remains. Your gums become inflamed due to gingivitis, making them uncomfortable and more likely to bleed. Periodontitis can develop if gingivitis worsens. Periodontitis causes your gums to detach from your teeth; loss of bone and perhaps loss of teeth, as a result, is possible.
What about Babies and Little Kids?
Additionally, babies and kids must practice good oral hygiene as soon as a tooth grows above the gum line. Start brushing a baby’s teeth using a soft-bristled infant toothbrush as soon as you notice one of their teeth poking through the gums. The CDA recommends using a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste, roughly the size of a rice grain.
Children aged 3 to 6 can brush their teeth with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. You can assist them in brushing their teeth twice daily for two minutes each (morning and night). Kids should have their brushing sessions watched until they can spit while doing it since they tend to swallow toothpaste.
Your chance of developing cavities, gum disease, and other oral health concerns can be decreased by brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Good dental health can also be achieved by adhering to the CDA’s recommended brushing technique, toothpaste, and flossing.