Why Brushing Your Teeth Is Important

Brushing your teeth. From a very young age, we are taught to brush our teeth, with our parents commanding us to brush before bed or attempting to entice us with tasty new flavors or our favorite cartoon characters plastered across the toothpaste tube. However, even with those constant reminders about the importance of cleaning our teeth during our formative years, we often forget to brush or downplay the importance of brushing at least twice a day. As a reminder for just how essential cleaning those pearly whites is to your overall well-being, here are four important reasons to brush twice a day.


First and foremost, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste, along with brushing for at least two minutes, helps to prevent the buildup of plaque, a harmful bacteria that coats your teeth and causes gum disease, cavities, and possibly tooth loss if left unchecked. Plaque can also weaken the teeth, producing an acid as it spreads throughout the mouth that strips the enamel from the teeth and increases the chances of infection.


Secondly, toothpaste contains fluoride, a mineral which helps to strengthen the enamel in the teeth, preventing tooth decay and repairing any damage that occurs on the tooth’s surface. The mineral also makes the teeth more resistant to the acid by-product of the plaque bacteria and the acidity of the sugars and starches that are often found in our diet.


Third, and often at the forefront of people’s mind as a reason to brush their teeth, consistent brushing twice a day helps to polish the teeth and remove unsightly stains over time. Worried that your love for coffee or tea is keeping your teeth a bit closer to burnt umber than eggshell white? Make sure to brush in the morning and evening (and even right after you’ve finished your beverage) and you will see a marked difference in the brightness of your smile. Pro tip: drinking through a straw prevents the drink from making as much contact with the teeth, helping to reduce the stains even further.


Finally, brushing your teeth is of the utmost importance when it comes to personal hygiene. A thorough brushing of the teeth helps to remove any leftover food particles, sugars, or bacteria that cause bad breath, leaving you with that fresh, clean, and often minty taste in your mouth instead of last night’s potato salad. Chewing gum or popping a breath mint won’t cut it as a long term solution either; both products often contain large amounts of sugar, masking your breath for a short period of time but only contributing further to the problem in the long run. Make sure to brush all parts of your mouth, including its roof and your tongue (two places where bacteria often escapes our notice).