More Reasons to Regularly Brush the Teeth

More Reasons to Regularly Brush the TeethBrushing your teeth is one of the easiest, most affordable ways to keep your smile looking great, but there are plenty of other reasons to brush your teeth, as well. In fact, researchers have recently discovered that brushing your teeth just might help keep your heart healthy.

A recent study from the Mailman School of Public Health at New York’s Columbia University demonstrated that more than seven hundred different strains of bacteria can pass into the bloodstream through bleeding gums. These bacteria then trigger changes that cause arteries to fill with plaque buildup and harden, leading heart attacks and strokes.

Oral plaque buildup and gum disease are the biggest causes of bleeding gums. Plaque is a biofilm that constantly forms on teeth, and it contains oral bacteria that irritate the sensitive gum tissue. The gum tissue becomes inflamed and swollen, and it bleeds easily. You can easily control plaque’s development with good brushing habits.

Use a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth twice a day. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, and brush gently for about two minutes at a time. Brush each surface of your teeth, including the insides, outsides, and chewing surfaces. Floss or use an interdental cleaner to clean between your teeth, and finish by rinsing with mouthwash. Regular dental cleanings can remove plaque from hard-to-reach areas and help keep your teeth even cleaner.

Call Dr. Frame today to learn more about keeping your smile healthy or to schedule your next dental cleaning.

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