Most times, we are all busy with a full time job, a family and home to attend to. Having had long day at work the last thing you want to do is add another step to your nightly routine before going to bed. Rather than brush your teeth, you fall into bed exhausted. By the time your eyes are closed you don’t want to open them again till dawn. Arguably, this is a typical routine for most people in this part of the world.
Keeping your teeth clean goes a long way toward keeping them strong and healthy. So, how often should you clean your teeth? There are many ways to maintain your oral health. Brushing once a day is not one of them according to experts. You have probably heard your dentist say on more than one occasion that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day. (Brush at-least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for least two minutes, especially first thing in the morning and before bedtime). However, you may not know why brushing two times daily is important.
Studies have shown that night time is an important period of rest and recovery for our teeth from the wear and tear of the day. Our mouths are bombarded throughout the course of the day with a variety of environments. It could range from a chocolate, hot cup of coffee in the morning to that pen or gum you chewed on while sitting in a meeting at work.
Experts say that when you hit the bed without brushing, plaque starts to harden on your teeth. Just like every other living organism, this waste is highly acidic and breaks down tooth enamel – causing cavities and root decay. The longer this remains in place, the greater your chances of needing a dental appointment to fill a cavity. Twice-daily brushing removes the plaque before it can damage your pearly whites.
According to dentists, brushing twice a day does the followings for you:
Removes stain: There are mild abrasives present in toothpastes that remove debris and surface stains. They also help to keep your teeth looking fresh, healthy and white.
Prevents gum disease: Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums and the first stage of gum disease) is caused by plaque build-up around your teeth, leading to swollen gums and teeth that bleed when you brush them. Plaque is an accumulation of food and bacteria, which appears in everyone’s mouth, and it needs to be cleaned off regularly to keep your mouth healthy.
Freshens your breath: Your mouth will start to smell if you do not clean it regularly. You take the rubbish out regularly so it doesn’t start to stink, clean your mouth out at least twice a day.