Brush Your Teeth Twice A Day

Presented By: Elizabeth Wanersten

Why is this important?

By brushing your teeth, you are removing bacteria and plaque. Plaque is a "sticky film that builds up on your teeth and contains bacteria." In addition to brushing your teeth, you should floss daily. People who neglect to brush their teeth are more likely to have: bad breath, gingivitis, periodontitis, dementia, risk of heart attack and stroke, diabetes, and more.

A Brief History of Tooth-Brushing

The ancient Babylonians were the first to practice dental hygiene by using the frayed ends of twigs in 3500 BC. Tooth bristles on tooth brushes were created by the Chinese. They began by using "chewing sticks" in order to get rid of their bad breath. In seventeenth century Europe, French dentists had the most success in promoting the idea of dental hygiene among the continent. Toothpaste, on the other hand, was used as early as 500 BC in China and India. However, what we know as "modern day toothpaste" was created in the 1800s.

Rules of Teeth Brushing

-Brush all tooth surfaces- the inside, outside, and surfaces of teeth with toothpaste.

-Brush for at least two minutes.

-Hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle so that your toothbrush reaches your gum line.

- When brushing make sure to increase small light pressure movements.

*Schedule visits to your dentist to be sure that you are taking good care of your teeth and to have your cleanings done regularly.*