Brushing Your Teeth: Too Much, Not Enough, and Why It Matters
Brushing your teeth regularly is an essential part of maintaining good oral hygiene. Brushing helps remove plaque, the sticky film made up of bacteria that forms on the teeth and along the gum line. Not brushing your teeth properly allows for a buildup of plaque, which can lead to a number of dental problems including cavities and red, swollen, bleeding gums—the early symptoms of gingivitis.
Does brushing your teeth have an impact on your overall health?
It is not yet known if gum problems cause other health problems, but people with gum disease have been associated with a high risk of other health issues like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and others according to a study by Harvard Medical School.
Regular brushing helps prevent gum disease, that’s why it’s important to practice proper brushing and flossing techniques as part of your daily oral care routine—it’s vital to your oral health and contributes to your overall well-being.