From a very young age, we have been told that brushing our teeth twice a day is a must.Â But, dentists today are urging people to even brush teeth in between, as not doing so can lead to all sorts of health problems, including heart disease.
Those who do not brush their teeth regularly are more likely to suffer from tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.Â While, neglecting the spaces between the teeth can result in rather more serious conditions.
Here is a list of the top reasons, why one should clean between one’s teeth and how to avoid dental woes with a simple inter-dental brushing routine.
Continued plaque build-up causes gum inflammation and redness (gingivitis).Â In worst cases, inflammation can affect the supporting structure of the teeth causing them to become loose and eventually fall out. Even the most advanced toothbrush cannot remove plaque from between teeth, which is why it is necessary to use inter-dental brushes that are able to remove the hidden plaque, inaccessible to ordinary toothbrushes.
Food and plaque left between teeth stagnates and causes bad breath, in fact, 85% of halitosis or bad breath comes from the mouth.Â Regular inter-dental brushing can help get into tight spots to remove trapped particles and plaque.
Stain Build ups
Tea, red wine, smoking and blue cheese all stain the teeth but, contrary to popular belief, it is not the tooth surface that stains initially.Â It is why polishing the teeth removes most of the stains.
Inflammation And Bleeding Gums
In healthy individuals, tooth brushing does not cause gums to bleed, if it does, it is a signal of gum disease, which can be dealt with by brushing teeth twice daily with a small-headed medium-filament toothbrush aimed at the gum line as well as the tooth surfaces.
Every time we eat carbohydrates, plaque acids are produce, which is why to prevent tooth decay, we should cut back on the frequency and amount of sugary food and drink taken.
Since long, experts have suspected a link between gum disease and heart disease, an observation that has now been corroborated.
The mantra to preventing tooth decay and keeping healthy is to brush teeth after meals, using mouth washes and flossing to force out any bits of food stuck between teeth and prevent plaque from building-up.Â Regular brushing between your teeth will not only leave you with a healthier smile but a healthier body too.