In this blog post, we will be going over the importance of brushing and flossing twice a day. Dr. Jacob Holly of Majestic Dentistry in Anthem, Arizona brings you the following information.
Your mouth helps to protect against the buildup of bacteria with the help of your saliva. When you sleep, your salivary glands are inactive. During this time, bacteria thrive in your mouth and feed off of any sugar or food particles left behind in your mouth.
This bacteria not only contributes to tooth decay, but it also contributes to bad breath.
This is why it is recommended that you brush your teeth every morning and night.
Brushing & flossing twice a day can save you money in the form of dental procedures and treatments later on as well.
Here is something else to consider. Did you know that there is a connection between heart disease and gum disease (also known as periodontal disease)?
People with gum disease are more than twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke. Not everyone with gum disease develops heart disease, and shared risk factors such as smoking, obesity, and poor diet may also play a role. However, there is growing suspicion in the medical and dental community that gum disease will increase your risk for heart disease.
Brushing & flossing twice a day can prevent and even reverse early stages of gum disease (also known as gingivitis).
Studies have even linked periodontal disease with rheumatoid arthritis.
Additional research is needed to discover the significance of these correlations.
Regardless of whether or not there is causation, we can all agree that good dental hygiene (brushing and flossing twice a day) is important for you to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth in good health.