Even though we’ve been brushing our teeth for years, most of us don’t exactly know if they’re doing it properly or not. Just for instance, not many are aware of the fact that an effective brushing session should last about 2 minutes. Do you come close to brushing that long, I seriously don’t think so.
Perhaps the toothpaste industry is to be credited for the two-times-a-day brushing rule, which most people aspire today. And those of us, who successfully follow the regime, feel secure in this knowledge. And they have every reason to feel so.
With the wide variety of mouth fresheners, mint sprays, and fancy mouthwashes, many people think that they can get away with brushing just once a day, which, however, is not the case.
Mentioned below are some of the top reasons why it is beneficial to brush twice a day, no matter what your age and cleaning preferences:
- Fresh Breath: With irregular brushing, uncontrolled bacteria build up occurs in the mouth causing a variety of problems including bad breath. It’s it therefore pivotal to brush your teeth twice a day for a long-lasting, freshness all through the day.
- Eliminating Extrinsic Tooth Stains: Regular intake of a variety of food item and drinks triggers the occurrence of a number of surface stains in the outer layer of enamel. Alcohol, carbonated drinks and smoking are the major contributors. Brushing after meals helps eliminate such extrinsic staining factors.
- Preventing Gum Diseases: There’s a prevalent risk of plaque build-up in the mouth. With irregular brushing habits, the risk becomes all the more threatening. Extreme plaque build-up can lead to major diseases affecting our overall health.
- Complements Saliva: Saliva adds an additional layer of protection against plaque. From what we know, our bodies produce a minimal amount of saliva while asleep. It thus becomes important to brush right before we sleep when saliva production is the minimum.
- Preventing Heart Attacks And Stroke: This might feel like a made-up story, but it isn’t. Bacteria in the mouth can travel all the way down to the bloodstreams and arteries and escalate the cholesterol build-up, which is a major factor responsible for heart attacks.
- Saves You Money: As the famous saying goes, prevention is better than cure; curing an oral disorder is not just a lot more difficult but also way too expensive. Brushing twice a day would keep you from unnecessary, exorbitant dental bills.
As we are progressing, we are getting to know how more and more diseases are linked directly to oral diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis, premature births, etc. Those two minutes of brushing twice a day would not only give you a better, likeable smile but would also protect you from life-threatening diseases.