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The Importance of Brushing Your Teeth

Never underestimate the importance of brushing your teeth. Good dental hygiene leads to overall better health. Tooth loss may be the last of your concerns; not brushing your teeth properly can cause all kinds of problems, such as plaque buildup, cavities, tooth abscess and more.

Further on down the line, poor dental habits may lead to other health risks. If the bacteria that infects your gums get too deep, you could be at risk for lung problems, diabetes and even heart disease.

Regular brushing will also contribute to a happier lifestyle, as you won’t be risking bad breath and avoiding social situations. Plus, healthy teeth will give you a great smile!

So the best way to avoid all of this is with preventative dental care. That means, brushing your teeth regularly, correctly, and with the right toothbrush.

How and When to Brush Your Teeth

You should brush daily, at least twice, and after your big meals. The toothpaste you choose should contain fluoride, to fight the bacteria buildup and promote healthy gums. Be sure to brush for at least three minutes and change your toothbrush or bristles every three months.

Even young children can and should be trained in proper brushing habits that will help them for life.

Manual vs. Electric Toothbrushes: Which One Should You Choose?

When you choose a toothbrush, go for the best size that is right for you, the type of bristles (soft is often recommended) and the recommendation of your dentist. While manual toothbrushes can do the job, the electric ones are high-powered so they can be more effective with each brushing. Although electric toothbrushes are significantly more costly, they are better suited to remove plaque and bacteria.

The swift oscillation of the bristles also makes it a good choice for children over 6 years old, who can learn to use an electric brush for a more effective cleaning routine.

Remember to never share your toothbrush with another person, as this can spread bacteria and cause health risks. If you are traveling for a short period of time, a disposable toothbrush can be handy, provided you brush regularly and well.

To figure out which toothbrush is best for you make an appointment with the dentists at Serene Dental.