You have likely been taught from a young age that it is important to brush your teeth regularly. As a child, you probably did it because your parents told you it was good. But did they tell you why? If they did, do you remember? How is your oral hygiene routine these days? If you are neglecting any aspect of your routine or you are not sure why brushing your teeth is a good thing, it helps to know what exactly it does for your smile.
Brushing your teeth your teeth at least twice a day is vital for your oral health. It keeps food particles from feeding bad bacteria in your mouth and turning into plaque in your mouth. Should you neglect brushing, this plaque will burrow into your tooth enamel and cause cavities. It may also eventually turn into tartar, which only your dentist can safely remove. Tartar is the main cause of gum disease.
Your toothbrush should be changed every three to four months to remain effective. Otherwise bacteria can settle in your toothbrush, making it harder to keep your teeth clean. Also, worn toothbrush bristles can’t clean your teeth as well as fresh bristles on your toothbrush can.
If you have questions about your oral health or feel it’s time for a check-up, you can call Allure Dental in Lafayette, Indiana today at 765-477-0331 to set up an appointment with Dr. Trevor Murray, DDS and Christian Mazur, DDS. Our friendly staff is always ready to assist your oral health in any way we can.