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Back to Basics: Teeth Brushing is the First Step to Achieving Oral Wellness

Brushing our teeth has become an integral part of our daily lives. We are routinely reminded to brush our teeth at least twice a day by dentists for good reasons. Teeth brushing has been proven to be the first step towards achieving good dental and oral health. Along with flossing and using antiseptic mouthwash, teeth brushing is one of the pillars of foundation to guarding against dental caries and other dental issues.

The purpose of brushing your teeth is to remove food and plaque that forms on the surface of your teeth. The concept is the same as cleaning anything else with a brush and a cleaning solution. It has been proven as the most effective way to get rid of bacteria and other food residue. Brushing your teeth will ensure that they are clean and eliminate stains on your teeth, giving you a brighter smile.

However, a recent study found a disturbing trend among young people when it comes to keeping up with their dental care. The study concluded that teeth brushing is becoming less of a priority especially among young adults. According to the study, 40 percent of the participants ages 18 to 24 spent less than 60 seconds brushing their teeth but spent significantly more time on their mobile devices. Furthermore, about 20 percent of a group of participants ages 25 to 34 who brush twice each day regularly missed brushing either in the morning or evening. This troublesome habit of not maintaining good oral hygiene will certainly lead to more serious health issues later on.

At Smiles of Bellevue in Bellevue, WA, we encourage our patients to maintain a good oral hygiene routine that includes brushing and flossing consistently. Just 2 minutes of proper teeth brushing in the morning and evening will make a difference in your oral health. Our comprehensive care covers both the health and aesthetic aspects of dentistry to help you achieve an overall well being.



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