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You have no doubt been told that unless you brush your teeth every day, they will rot and fall out of your mouth. That may seem extreme, but over time, that is exactly what will happen if you don’t practice effective oral care. Our team is happy to provide you with the answers to why brushing your teeth twice a day is so important.

First, brushing your teeth removes plaque. The most important reason for brushing teeth is because it removes the buildup of plaque from teeth, gums, and soft tissues. Plaque is the accumulation of bacteria that forms on the surface of teeth, between teeth, and along the gums, and it is the cause of cavities and gum disease. Daily plaque removal is vital if you are concerned about your dental health.

Second, brushing fortifies the tooth enamel, which is the protective outer layer of your teeth. Tooth enamel shields your smile against tooth decay, but if you don’t use a toothbrush to remove plaque every day, it can weaken the tooth enamel and increase your risk of tooth decay.

Third and finally, brushing your teeth improves your overall health. Your mouth acts as a gateway to your body and can indicate the quality of your general health. If your mouth is unhealthy, your systemic health can suffer as well.

For more information about the importance of brushing teeth twice a day and to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, Dr. Raymond Niles, Jr. and Dr. Kathryn Niles-Smith, we warmly invite you to call 703.494.4101 today!