How many times did you brush your teeth yesterday? Most of us ignore recommended brushing times per day, because we do not see the need to do so.
Dentists recommend brushing twice each day.
You would feel that you swallowed the food you ate at night well and even gaggled with water to ensure there was no left over.
Indeed, we believe this habit removes every left over in our teeth.
But is this the case, as shown by different researches?
The mouth is the gateway to the human body. It contains 32 teeth in an adult.
The teeth plays a key role in mastication and aids digestion following proper chewing.
According to a dentist, Dr. Oge Nwokwule, it is advisable that you brush at least twice daily.
“Before breakfast and last thing at night.”
Use a plastic brush and any toothpaste that contains fluoride. These are ideal for brushing your teeth.
Issues With Not Brushing Twice Daily
1. Build Up Of Plaque And Calculus
Failure to brush as required leads to the build up of plaque and calculus.
Dr. Nwokwule said: “Dental plaque contains bacteria whose metabolites degrade supporting tissue of the teeth and eventually leads to tooth mobility and pain”.
It also creates cavities on tooth or teeth.
When this toothache is felt, the dentist said analgesics could lower the pain.
However, it is advisable that you see a dentist for expert evaluation and treatment.
It is worthy of mention that drugs do not cure tooth ache.
2. Heart Disease Claims
There are claims that gum disease (periodontitis) is associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
A bacteria that affects the gum is likely to find its way into the blood stream and affect the heart valves.
As a result of this, tiny blood clots, heart attack and stroke may follow.
However, a 2018 study found moderate relationship between gum disease and cardiovascular disease.
The researchers emphasised that there is a third factor that even plays a major role before an issue with the teeth could trigger heart disease.
According to them, this third factor is smoking. They believe smoking increases chances of gum disease and then heart issues.
3. Bad Breath
Poor care of your teeth could lead to bad breadth, otherwise known as Halitosis.
This is an offensive odour emanating from the oral cavity.
It could be classified as intra oral halitosis – this is when the source of the malodour is from the oral cavity or extra oral that is when the cause of the bad breadth is not limited to the oral cavity.
When bad breath is not from the oral cavity, it comes from the internal organs.
For instance, a person who is suffering from kidney or liver diseases could have bad breath.
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Bad breadth is treatable. But the individual will need to first see a dentist to ascertain the cause of the bad breadth.
If the bad breadth is from the oral cavity, scaling and polishing of the teeth could be done.
Also any decayed tooth in the mouth would be checked and filling of decayed tooth or outright extraction of the tooth could be done.
Keeping Teeth Strong
For a stronger teeth, the Dr. Nwokwule recommends eating balanced diets.
“Food rich in calcium can also help the bones and teeth”.
Milk, cheese, and other dairy foods are rich in calcium.
Also green leafy vegetables such as curly kale, okra and spinach are also rich in calcium.
Whether or not brushing twice could cause heart disease or other diseases, it is a good hygiene habit to form.
Activated charcoal with fluoride is also good for the teeth and also lowers the chances of plaque forming in your teeth.
Remember that sometimes, when you smile, your teeth shows and how clean it is could make a great statement about who you are.
Kindly share with your friends and loved ones to enable them know the right way to care for their teeth.