29 Sep WHY BRUSHING YOUR TEETH TWICE EVERYDAY IS SO IMPORTANT.
You probably already know that the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing those pearly whites twice a day. Skip a session, and you’re on your way to encouraging the growth of bacterial buildup in the form of plaque, which can lead to cavities and gum disease.
Brushing, thankfully, disrupts that bacteria so it doesn’t stay in place, because if left in place, it starts to attack your teeth. Plus, the longer that plaque sits in one place, the more likely it is to become tartar, that hard, yellow, rough material you sometimes feel in between your teeth that can cause inflammation and bleeding in the gums. Leave that untreated for too long, and you could risk losing teeth.
While there’s not exactly a precise timeline of when plaque becomes risky, you can start the process of a cavity by not brushing once, absolutely, especially if your occasional forgetfulness is more frequent than you’d like to admit.
Doing a so-so job brushing can be just as bad. That twice-a-day routine is no joke, preferably with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush. Each brushing session should last about two minutes and cover all surfaces of the teeth, not just the parts we see when we smile. The ADA also recommends flossing once a day and seeing a dentist regularly to take care of the rest.
Gum, mints and mouthwash are not brushing replacements. All three can give your mouth a fresher feel, but brushing and flossing are the only ways to effectively, physically remove the plaque.