The majority of the population know that brushing your teeth twice a day is essential for oral health. However, few know why brushing their teeth is so critical. With research revealing that millions of UK citizens only brush once a day(1) it is important to understand the purpose of brushing at least twice a day and its benefits.
Keep Breath Fresh
Understandably, an accumulation of food debris and subsequent bacteria in the mouth is going to result in bad breath. Preventing bacteria build up with regular brushing is key for maintaining fresh breath and preventing halitosis. Other steps you can take to prevent food from becoming trapped between brushing include drinking water and chewing sugar free gum.
Prevent Gum Problems
Whilst poor diet, avoiding your dentist and sometimes even your biology, can cause excessive plaque, more often than not it is down to lack of brushing. Everyone has some level of plaque build-up in their mouths and this is often caused by leftover food that has not been brushed, flossed or washed away.
This food deposit results in bacteria which can lead to plaque and tartar build-up between the teeth and at the gum line. The bacteria in the plaque irritates the gums and causes inflammation and bleeding of the gums upon brushing.
Keeping on top of brushing twice a day for two minutes will help prevent gum problems by removing bacteria and not allowing plaque to form. Both manual and electric toothbrushes are effective and thorough brushing is recommended.
Remove Staining on Teeth
Investing in a quality toothpaste and using it at least twice a day will help prevent plaque formation and keep any unwanted mouth odour at bay. If you have discolouration or stains on your teeth a low-abrasion toothpaste would be a good solution. Not only will it help eliminate bad breath and protect your teeth and gums from bacteria, but it will also gently remove surface stains over time that are caused by the likes of coffee and red wine without damaging enamel.
Gum Problems and Pregnancy
Paying particular attention to your oral hygiene throughout pregnancy is advisable as if you don’t look after your oral health, bacteria can build-up in your mouth and can even pass to your baby through your blood stream, putting them at potential risk.
Save Yourself Money
You don’t have to pay for NHS dental treatment if you’re under 18, in full time education, pregnant, or have had a baby in the past 12 months. Considering this does not account for the majority of the population, most people can expect to pay for dentist visits. Brushing your teeth and keeping on top of your oral health, together with regular visits to your dentist and hygienist is key if you don’t want high dental bills in the future.
- Fishwick, C. 2017. How often should you brush your teeth. Available online: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2017/oct/24/tooth-brushing-once-twice-daily-vox-pop