Important Reasons for Brushing Your Teeth
From the time we are children, we are taught that it is very important to brush our teeth. However, aside from having whiter teeth and fresher breath, many people do not realize why it is important to brush their teeth regularly.
Brushing your teeth also has a number of indirect and unexpected benefits that you may not have considered. For one thing, brushing your teeth regularly saves money. When you care for your teeth properly you are less likely to need dental work down the road such as having a cavity filled or having treatments for periodontal disease.
Brushing your teeth can also reduce your chances of developing infections. The bacteria in your mouth that cause abscessed teeth can also cause infections of the heart, lungs, or even the brain. In some cases, these infections can be fatal. These bacteria have also been linked to other health problems such as heart attacks and strokes. Brushing reduces the number of bacteria in your mouth and removes the sugars that are food for the bacteria, reducing the possibility that the bacteria will multiply to dangerous levels.
Poor gum health has also been linked to a number of other general health problems, such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes. Although researchers are not yet sure if the bacteria cause these conditions, they are certainly related in some way. Brushing may reduce your chances of developing these conditions.
If you need help with your brushing technique, Dr. Alan Frame, Santa Clara dentist, will be glad to help. Dr. Frame is a specialist for teeth cleaning in Santa Clara, allowing him to clean and examine your teeth for signs of bacterial infections and other oral health problems that can lead to overall health problems.
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