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Author: DrNavid

Are Your Teeth Clean Enough?

Do you brush your teeth twice a day? When you were a child, your parents have probably controlled this process until a certain age. Now you’re an adult and control everything in your life yourself. Let’s be honest - do you ever go to sleep with your teeth unbrushed? Do you use floss every day? How often do you have your teeth cleaned in the dental office?

But what happens if you occasionally miss an evening dental routine? You know such days - a work deadline or a party on a Saturday night, or whatever that makes you come home so tired that all you want is to fall into your bed and get asleep. But still, it’s not an excuse not to brush your teeth and not floss them. Why?

What Happens If You Don’t Brush Once

The bacteria in your mouth are more active at night because you don’t have enough saliva in your mouth. Saliva protects our teeth from the harmful activity of bacteria by literally washing them away and creating an unfriendly environment for them. But not during the night.

This is why it’s especially important to brush them in the evening - you remove the bacteria your mouth can’t cope with. If you don’t do it, the bacteria may feel free to have fun and reproduce all night. And in the morning, your teeth will get covered with the result of their activity - a dental plaque that will have enough time to get stiff and won’t be able to be removed with your toothbrush. 

What Happens If You Don’t Floss

Many people think that flossing isn’t necessary. This is wrong. The space between your teeth is hard to reach with your toothbrush, and the bacterial plaque can accumulate there and damage your enamel. The worst part is that it’s the point of contact between the teeth and as the decay process starts on one tooth, it can easily be transferred to the others.

Flossing needs a certain accuracy to be performed properly. Never force a floss in between your teeth, because it’s easy to damage the gums this way. It’s better to do it after each meal but no less than once a day.

What Happens If You Don’t Do Professional Cleaning

Some people need to do it often, some less often, but everyone should do it regularly. Dental tartar that collects on teeth and gums gets hardened with time and causes gum pockets if not removed. The speed of its development is mostly conditioned by lifestyle issues and the specific properties of each body's metabolism. 

On average, an in-office cleaning is a procedure you should go through no less than 1-2 times a year. However, some people need to do it more often if their body produces massive tartar buildup in a short time.

Only if you brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes, floss them daily and go through the dentist’s professional cleaning 1-2 times a year, you can consider your teeth clean enough. If you don’t, sorry to say this but your dental hygiene is not enough and you undergo an increase in dental risks. But now you know what to do about it.

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