Why Brush?

As the days keep passing, life seems to be a boring routine that always starts and ends the same way. A routine that consists of waking up, getting dressed, brushing teeth, eating breakfast, going to work and eventually coming home eat dinner, showering, brushing teeth again and then going to bed. This routine can be tiresome at some points but it is the same routine that thousands of people follow every day. So why follow this routine when it might be possible to avoid anything that takes up time in order to be more productive with other projects.

Oral care in the morning can take up a decent amount of time, especially if in a rush. It should take two minutes to brush your teeth, two minutes flossing, then wait a few minutes to use mouthwash for about thirty seconds. Overall, everything all together can take up to 5-10 minutes, but why do it everyday or even twice a day. Isn’t once enough?

Why brush teeth in the morning anyway? To have better smelling breath and whiter teeth of course, but breath doesn’t smell good after eating anyway and coffee easily stains the teeth no matter what so what’s the point of brushing in the morning. The routine could easily lose several minutes by avoiding this useless step all together and just do it at night, right?

But, then why brush anyway, how did it get in the routine to begin with? Well, as like many others someone said to do it and it became a habit. People everywhere try to break habits all the time so why not this one? Why was it so important that brushing teeth several times a day was needed? Here are several reasons that brushing is important.

1. Brushing ensures the removal of plaque, the transparent layer of bacteria that coats the teeth , it also arrests the build-up of any plaque formation.

2. Brushing one’s teeth can help prevent tooth decay that can lead to dental cavities, which is he formation of holes on the teeth, a condition that can result in a tooth loss.

3. Brushing helps prevent bad breath

4. A dirty mouth has been linked to respiratory diseases such as pneumonia, heart attacks and even MRSA in the case of dentures.

5. Brushing also stimulates the gums, which helps to keep them healthy and prevent gum disease.

6. Brushing will help keep your teeth whiter, giving a nicer smile to greet people with. Having a nice smile is one of the first things people notice when looking at someone new and lets them decide if you are approachable or not.

After doing some research it should be decided that the extra couple of minutes that it takes to brush our teeth should be considered productive and that brushing should continue to be a pillar in all daily routines in both the morning and at night. The side effects of not brushing your teeth can lead to long term issues that are simply not worth skipping the ten minutes. Everyone should be brushing at least two times a day, flossing at least once a day, and using mouth wash twice a day after some time has passed from brushing.

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