Do I have to brush my teeth?

A question almost every parent hears is “do I have to brush my teeth?”. It is sometimes a challenge to get your child to brush their teeth every day, but the health benefits of brushing far outweigh the effort it takes teaching them good oral hygiene. It is important to start a good brushing and flossing routine as early as possible so that your child will have healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime.

Benefits of Brushing

During the day, your mouth collects food debris which feeds the bacteria found in your mouth. The bacteria create a sticky substance called plaque. The plaque sticks to your teeth above and below the gum line and creates acid. This acid erodes the enamel of your teeth causing tooth decay and cavities. If you neglect brushing your teeth before bed, you are leaving food debris and bacteria in your mouth which contributes to cavities and tooth decay. The main benefit of brushing your teeth is to remove the food debris and bacteria cutting own on the plaque and acid present in your mouth.

Brushing your teeth also helps to increase the circulation in your gums. This helps your gums stay strong and support your teeth. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums and is a painful condition where the gums recede, can get infected, and bleed. If left untreated your teeth can shift or loosen.

Brushing your teeth also keeps your breath nice and fresh. Bad breath can be caused by bacteria, the same bacteria which can cause tooth decay. By daily brushing in the morning, after you eat, and at night you can keep your teeth and gums healthy, and have fresh breath.

When to Start Your Child Brushing

You should start getting your child used to having a toothbrush in their mouth at a very early age. Use a very soft toothbrush and massage your baby’s gums. This not only gets them used to a toothbrush, but it cleans their gums and promotes healthy circulation. As soon as their first teeth appear use a small pea size amount of toothpaste to brush them.

By teaching your child good oral hygiene you can ensure their temporary teeth and permanent teeth can be healthy. Since your child’s permanent teeth are growing under their temporary teeth, it is still important to take care of their temporary teeth.

So, the answer to “do I have to brush my teeth” is yes. Both children and adults need to brush their teeth so that their teeth can be as healthy as can be. Call or contact us today if you have any questions about brushing your teeth or teaching your child proper oral hygiene.

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