How Brushing Your Teeth Can Help Prevent Disease And Boost Confidence

How Brushing Your Teeth Can Help Prevent Disease And Boost Confidence

Why do healthy teeth matter? Well, not just because a nice smile looks good but also because good oral health is essential to your general health and well-being at every stage of life. A healthy mouth enables good nutrition to your body, and also enhances social interaction and promotes self-esteem and feelings of well-being.

In the past decade, there has been a lot of research linking oral health to illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease and the most likely explanation is inflammation.

But where does this inflammation come from? One of the main reasons we brush is to remove plaque which is a soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth and contains millions of bacteria. The bacteria in plaque cause tooth decay and gum disease if not removed regularly with brushing and flossing.

When you eat, the bacteria in plaque use the sugars in your food to produce acids that eat away at the tooth enamel. Repeated attacks cause the enamel to break down, eventually resulting in a cavity, or hole, in the tooth surface.

Plaque that is not removed daily by brushing and flossing between teeth can eventually harden into tartar. Brushing and flossing become more difficult as tartar collects at the gum line. As the tartar, plaque and bacteria continue to increase, the gum tissue can become red, swollen and possibly bleed when you brush your teeth. This is called gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease.

If gingivitis is left untreated, it can develop into periodontitis, where the gum begins to pull away from the tooth, allowing bacteria to enter and then every time you eat or brush your teeth, it pushes the bacteria into the body and triggers inflammation. It is reversible with good oral hygiene and professional treatment; however, if left untreated, gingivitis can advance into periodontitis. Periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease, occurs when bacterial infection causes your gums and the bone supporting the teeth to break down. Your gums may begin to recede, pulling back from the teeth. In the worst cases, the bone supporting the teeth is destroyed and this can lead to tooth loss.

Also, people who are experiencing pain and inflammation in the mouth may have their ability to chew properly affected, and so limit their intake of healthy food such as fruit and vegetables.

Plaque is colourless and difficult to see. Heavy plaque deposits can be easier to see and may look like a thick white deposit or food stuck to the teeth. If you’re not sure if you see plaque on your teeth, you can use a disclosing tablet from your local chemist or you can rinse with a few drops of food colouring in a few tablespoons of water. The disclosing tablets or solution will temporarily stain the plaque so you can see it more easily. You can then brush and floss until the stain is gone.

Most experts agree that twice-daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste is the best way to achieve healthy teeth and gums, combined with regular trips to the dentist.

 Brushing with the right toothpaste is important for a number of reasons.
  1. The right toothpaste and a correct brushing action work to remove plaque, a sticky, harmful film of bacteria that grows on your teeth that causes cavities, gum disease and eventual tooth loss if not controlled.
  2. Toothpaste which contains fluoride makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay and promotes remineralisation, which aids in repairing early decay before the damage can even be seen.
  3. Special ingredients in toothpaste help to clean and polish the teeth and remove stains over time.
  4. Toothpastes help freshen breath and leave your mouth with a clean feeling.

Apart from the health benefits of healthy teeth, having a healthy smile is a great confidence booster, especially considering that your smile isn’t just the first thing people notice; it’s also often the first thing they come back to. Research indicates 48 percent of people think a smile is the most memorable feature after they meet someone. Whether it’s a date or a job interview, a bright smile will make you more confident.

If you want a 100 watt smile without using harsh chemicals or bleaches commonly found in most tooth whitening products, the AP-24® Fluoride Whitening Toothpaste is a good choice.

 The benefits of the AP-24® Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste include:

  • Brightens and whitens teeth.
  • Helps remove stains such as coffee, wine and nicotine.
  • Helps remove and prevent plaque buildup.
  • Helps the prevention of dental cavities.
  • Provides a long-lasting smooth, clean, and fresh feel.
  • Features AP-24, an exclusive ingredient.
  • Refreshing, trademark Vanilla Mint flavour.
  • Thick, creamy, rich formula.
  • No harmful peroxides.

Unlike some teeth whitening products which are messy to use with trays and special lights or very expensive, the AP-24® Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste is easily used like you do your regular toothpaste and works out to be very inexpensive for every day use. Simply brush your teeth twice a day and for an extra boost you might like to use the ‘dry brushing method’ which involves applying the toothpaste to your dry brush, brushing your teeth, then spitting out without rinsing. It’s a good idea to also take a photo of your teeth the day you start using the AP-24 toothpaste, then again in 1 month’s time. Most people notice an amazing difference in that time.

Want to try out theAP-24®  Fluoride Whitening Toothpaste for yourself and your family?