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Sure, we know we’re SUPPOSED to brush twice a day. But are you?
Now, a new survey shows that many of us are pretty lazy when it comes to our teeth-cleaning habits.
In a poll of 562 people around the world (including 332 Americans), 49% of men and 57% of women said they brush their teeth only once a day on average, while 44% of men and 37% of women said they were twice-daily brushers.
It’s very important to brush in the morning to get rid of bacteria, as well as at night after a full day of eating, drinking, and accumulating plaque. Bacteria that adheres to plaque causes tooth decay and gum disease over time.
Add to this the fact that most people brush their teeth on the average for just 30 seconds, and that’s not nearly enough.
To prevent plaque, tartar, and teeth issues like cavities, brush twice a day for a complete two minutes using a stopwatch or an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer. Be gentle yet thorough; tooth enamel can be worn down and weakened with over-aggressive pressure and abrasive formula ingredients particularly common in whitening products. Move in small circles at a 45-degree angle around each tooth for the deepest cleanse.
After brushing around the surface of teeth, be sure to move to the part where bacteria build-up is the worst: right at the gum line. When plaque and tartar compound here, gums can become swollen and infected, leading to conditions like gingivitis — or chronically inflamed gums — that can evolve into more serious periodontal diseases.
It’s also a good idea to brush your tongue, since a lot of bacteria hide in tongue crevices and can cause bad breath!
Contact Family Care Dental Clinic for your consultation today!
We at Family Care Dental Clinic offer our clients a wide range of comprehensive dental services for the whole family. Our dentists can help everyone in your family understand the importance of proper oral hygiene over time and the positive effects it has on your health. At Family Care Dental Clinic, we treat our clients to a soothing environment where they can receive quality dental care no matter what their needs are. Call (604) 987-3545 or write us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!