Toothbrushes have existed since Egyptian times. Even 3000 years ago people were aware how important it was. Right from when we are very young we are told how important it is to brush our teeth twice a day, even if we don’t like doing it much at the time. As we grow up, brushing in the morning when we get up and at night before we go to bed becomes part of the every day routine, as normal as eating and sleeping. Perhaps it is because of this we take for granted exactly how important a job it is.
The lessons we learn when we are young can really have a huge impact on not just our dental health but our overall health throughout the whole course of our lives. Brushing after meals in the morning and evening prevents the build up of plaque. Plaque is a filmy substance of bacteria and food detritus that builds up around the teeth and gums and attacks the enamel that protects the tooth.
If left unchecked this can lead to cavities or dental carries which can grow and lead to the need for fillings, crowns and in extreme circumstances, extraction. Plaque can also effect the gums leading to build ups of bacteria that can cause gingivitis (more commonly known as gum disease).
If plaque is not removed by brushing it can harden and turn into tartar which can then only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist. Brushing really is the first line of defence against all forms of dental problems. But it is important to do it properly to ensure the most effective plaque removal.
Holding the brush at a 45 degree angle and making sure you have the right strength bristles (hard bristles can often irritate gums) can all increase the teeth cleaning power of brushing. Visit a London W1 dentist and he’ll be able to check that you are getting the most from brushing and using the correct brush for your teeth. They will also be able to point out spots that you might be missing.
Even though, or perhaps because, brushing your teeth is so ingrained in the daily routine it is so important not to take it for granted. It can help your teeth last a healthy lifetime.