Why should everyone brush at least twice a day? Let’s explore why this is crucial.
Brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent decay.
Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and carefully flossing removes the food from our teeth and prohibits the build-up of plaque.
If we let food stay on our teeth, the starches in the food will mix with the plaque. This nasty mixture forms an acid that immediately starts drilling into the enamel to form cavities. Brushing can’t get all the spaces between your teeth, so you’ve got to floss also.
Brushing and flossing keeps gums and bones healthy.
If you let gum disease go untreated, you can lose cavity-free teeth!
The progression of gum disease (gingivitis) goes like this:
- Plaque build-up irritates gums.
- Irritated gums pull back from the tooth.
- Bacteria multiply in the spaces between the gum and tooth.
- The bone holding the tooth is eaten by the bacteria.
- Say goodbye to the tooth.
The good news is that gingivitis can be reversed early.
Call Steven T. Cutbirth DDS at 254-772-5420 to schedule a gum disease evaluation at our office in Waco.