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Reasons You Should Brush Your Teeth

Reasons You Should Brush Your TeethBrushing your teeth is most likely a basic part of your morning and evening routine. Our dentist in West Hollywood recommends brushing at least twice daily or after meals. However, if you are like many, you are only spending about half the recommended time brushing your teeth. Unfortunately, brushing for one minute instead of two means you are only removing about 60 percent of plaque from your teeth. Brushing as recommended has a number of benefits.

1. Fresh breath
Plaque contains oral bacteria that produce volatile sulfur compounds that can cause or contribute to bad breath. Brushing regularly is vital to removing plaque and bacteria and can leave your breath smelling clean and fresh.

2. Good health
Gum disease is an infection that is caused by the oral bacteria contained in plaque. Although gum disease can have serious consequences for your dental health, its effects can spread far more widely. In fact, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and even pregnancy complications have been linked to gum disease. Brush those teeth to keep not just your mouth but also your whole body healthier.

3. Save money
Dental fillings, root canal treatments and periodontal treatments can often be avoided simply by maintaining good dental hygiene. Brush your teeth after meals and floss every day to cut your risk. You will still need to invest in regular checkups and professional cleanings, but you are far less likely to require expensive and extensive restorative treatments.

Establishing good dental hygiene habits can also help you enjoy a more beautiful smile. Contact our West Hollywood dental cleaning expert to learn more or to schedule your next cleaning and checkup.

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