Brushing Your Teeth: The first Basic of Oral Health Care

Your mouth is the gate pass to the rest of your body, so it’s no wonder that many serious health problems first start in the mouth. Health problems such as periodontal diseases (infections of the gum and tissues surrounding the teeth) increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

A certain bacteria associated with this disease releases toxins which find their way to the bloodstream, causing blood clots which in turn block blood flow.  So apart from losing your teeth, the visible plaques and tooth decay, not caring for your teeth can get into a lot of trouble health wise.  Effective brushing of your teeth is the first basic of proper oral care. Read on…

Is brushing your teeth that important?

When you fail to brush your teeth properly, a sticky substance called plaque forms on your teeth.

How plaque causes tooth decay

Plaque is a soft, sticky layer of millions of bacteria that forms on your teeth After you consume foods containing starches and sugars, the bacteria in the plaque produces acids which come into contact with the enamel. The stickiness of the plaque provides a thriving condition for the acid to come into contact with your teeth. The acid then destroys the tooth enamel and forms a cavity. Effective brushing of your teeth removes debris and plaque from your teeth.

How plaque causes gum disease

After plaques stay on the surface of the teeth for a while, it hardens into ‘tartar’ or ‘calculus.’ When tartar forms near the gum line, there are some harmful poisons released by the plaque underneath which irritate and inflame the gums.

The gums begin to pull away from your teeth. The gaps in between become infected, and this is how you end up with gum disease. Failure to get prompt dental attention destroys the bone supporting the teeth, and your teeth are at risk of loosening and falling out. If you allow the problem to get here, your only option will be teeth replacement.

The proper way to brush your teeth

Position your thumb against the handle and hold your toothbrush firmly in the palm of your hand. Your thumb should be positioned near the toothbrushes head for easy manipulation.

  • At a 45 degrees’ angle, Place the bristles of the toothbrush partly on the tooth surface and partly on the gums
  • Gently run the bristles from the gums and towards the top of the teeth. Do this for all the teeth
  • Rinse your mouth thorough

An electric toothbrush versus a manual brush: What’s the best type of toothbrush to use?

Tests have it that electric toothbrushes perform better in removing plaque. This can be attested to their higher motions and speeds that can’t be achieved with manual tooth brushes. Since they are designed differently, ensure that you read instructions before use.

Some power brushes have oscillating heads (heads that rotate in both directions) and are the most effective. Although they can be used by practically everyone, these brushes are particular very useful for people whose movement is limited such as the elderly and the physically challenged. has some sleek electric toothbrushes that are as functional as they are stylish.

More tips for healthy teeth

  • Brush and floss twice daily
  • Limit snacks intake between meals
  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Using toothpaste that contains fluoride,
  • regular dental check-ups