Benefits of brushing and flossing cannot be denied.
You know this, but the dentists from Westermeier Martin Dental Care in East Aurora and Amherst, New York tell their patients to brush up and down and in a circular motion. This is the best way to loosen plaque and disrupt bacteria at the gumline. Flossing disrupts plaque that causes colonies of bacteria at the gumline and it’s critical for your dental health to get that out!
Regular brushing and flossing lowers the chance of cavities. It also gives whiter teeth and a prettier, healthier smile. Brushing reduces tartar and plaque build-up which leads to gum disease and periodontitis.
In 2006, a study by the American Dental Association and the American Medical Association also discovered a healthy mouth is about more than clean, white teeth — a healthy mouth is a portal to a healthy body. The study discovered and shared the benefits of brushing and flossing.
Respiratory disease prevention
Teeth brushing isn’t typically associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or pneumonia, but it turns out it could be. Both COPD and pneumonia are respiratory infections that occur when bacteria get into the lower respiratory tract. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that starts when bacteria from plaque gets in and around the teeth and into the gums. IF you have heart disease, a dental infection can add to your health issues because an infection makes your immune system work harder.
Floss to reduce the chance of periodontal disease and lessen the risk of bacteria making its way throughout your body and potentially causing a respiratory infection.
A healthier pregnancy
Better oral health can lead to a healthier baby. Healthier gums can lower the risk of having a premature baby. Pregnant women are more prone to “pregnancy gingivitis,” a mild form of gum disease; this is associated with gum bleeding, swollen or irritated gums. It’s important pregnant women have an increased focus on brushing and flossing.
Brushing could lead to weight loss
Many patients feel if they brush, they are less likely to snack and that could lead to weight loss. If you’d eaten or taken a drink right after you’ve brushed your teeth you know the food or drink doesn’t taste as good and that’s because once your mouth is “minty fresh” food and drink aren’t palatable and you just might be more likely to skip that snack or calorie laden drink.
It’s as much an emotional aspect as it is a physical one. Brushing your teeth sends a signal to your brain that you’re done eating. If you brush your teeth after a meal, you just might stave off the urge to nibble on a snack or dessert.
For a bit of trivia, consider: If you brush your teeth three times a day, two minutes each time, you will burn more than 3,500 calories annually; you could lose a pound a year, just from brushing your teeth!
Brushing and flossing could make you smarter
Studies have shown patients with gum disease could have lower cognitive function. It was shown that participants, age 70 and older with gum inflammation were nine times more likely to test on the lower end of cognitive testing than those who with healthy gums and no oral health issues.
Brushing and flossing could make your love life better
Did you know brushing and flossing your teeth could impact your love life? A British study, conducted in 2011, showed gum disease and erectile dysfunction (ED) were related. The connection appears to be that oral bacteria, from lack of teeth-brushing, combined with plaque enters the blood stream and leads to ED. Keeping your teeth clean and dental bacteria at bay could lead to a happier love life!
The benefits of brushing and flossing are plentiful
While many of these teeth-brushing benefits may seem odd, if taking time to spend two minutes, at least three times a day brushing your teeth, isn’t it worth it?
If you have concerns about your dental health, are afraid of the dentist or are seeking a new dental care provider, give Westermeier Martin Dental Care a call. We have two locations — East Aurora and Amherst, New York. We make it easy to switch dentists, provide dental care in a non-judgmental setting and offer sedation dentistry for those patients who have dental anxiety.