With a healthy diet and a wide range of breath fresheners and mouthwashes, you may wonder if brushing your teeth twice a day is necessary. Your breath may smell better, but does that mean those freshening products are removing plaque build-up and food particles? While mouthwash and breath fresheners help improve breath, there are lots of reasons you still need to brush your teeth twice a day. Read on to learn all the details in today’s blog from Parkcrest Dental.
Bacteria is produced in your mouth every day, and it can multiply quickly if you’re not brushing your teeth. Any bacteria left in your mouth over 24-hours can lead to decay in your tooth enamel as well as damage to your gums and the roots of your teeth. Brushing twice a day helps destroy this bacteria and promotes a healthy and clean smile.
Prevents Morning Breath
If you don’t brush your teeth before bed, you might wake up with foul smelling breath. Any bacteria or food particles that are left in your mouth overnight will cause unpleasant odors the next morning. Brushing your teeth twice a day — in the morning and at night — helps keep bad breath at bay!
Foods and drinks such as coffee, soda and candy cause stains that can absorb into your teeth, causing discoloration and yellowing. Using a tooth-whitening toothpaste twice a day can remove any staining pigments in your teeth. Toothpaste designed to whiten teeth often includes ingredients like hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, which are known to keep your teeth pearly white.
If you’re in the beginning stages of gum disease or if you aren’t brushing regularly, you may find blood in the sink after brushing your teeth. If gum disease progresses enough, it can result in tooth loss. Brushing twice a day helps dilute inflammatory acid and the bacteria causing it. The more often you brush, the less likely you are to have gum disease or bleeding gums.
If you aren’t brushing often, tartar build-up may attach itself to your teeth and will not come off easily. The only way to get rid of it properly is by visiting your dentist and letting them scrape it off with special tools. Left untreated, excessive tartar can result in a bad gum infection and excessive gum bleeding. Brushing twice a day can minimize tartar build-up and keep your teeth healthy and clean.
Care for Your Teeth at Parkcrest Dental Group
Parkcrest Dental Group is committed to keeping your smile at its best and brightest. If you’re looking for professional teeth cleaning, cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric treatment, Parkcrest Dental Group is here to help. Contact us today at our office in Springfield, MO.