According to The American Dental Association, What Happens if You Do Not Adhere to Their Recommended Twice Daily Brushings of Those “Pearly Whites”?

We all probably already realize that one of the easiest ways to not scare off your date is to brush your teeth. In fact, brushing those “pearly whites” twice a day is highly recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), as you probably know.

However, the importance of brushing your teeth goes far beyond the aesthetic value of fresh breath. The plaque that is the outgrowth of bacterial buildup, leading to gum disease and cavities, begins almost as soon as you skip one brushing session.

Deepender “Ruchi” Sahota, DDS, a dentist from Freemont, California, who is a spokesperson for the ADA, told the Huffington Post something very eye-opening. “If you run your tongue across your teeth, right around the gum line in the middle of the day, you will notice a fuzzy or sticky substance…that’s plaque, ‘’he stated.

The interview in the Post also noted that, thankfully, with proper brushing, that bacteria does not stay in place long enough to begin attacking your teeth, if you brush them regularly.

It was also noted that tartar, that hard, yellow, rough material you sometimes feel between your teeth, which can cause bleeding in the gums, and inflammation, is the result of leaving plaque in place too long. You even run the risk of losing teeth, if it is left untreated for long enough.

You can absolutely start the horrible process of a cavity by missing just one brushing session, according to the interview, even though the timeline of when plaque becomes risky is not a precise timeline. If your occasional forgetfulness in brushing is more frequent than you would like to admit (we won’t tell), this is especially true.

Brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste is a routine that is certainly no joke. Doing a so-so job of brushing, however, can also be just as bad, the interview warns.

The interview went on to say the brushing session should cover all surfaces of the teeth, not just the parts that show when we smile. It also said that the session should last about two minutes, so as to be thorough.

Flossing once a day, in addition to brushing, is recommended by the American Dental Association and seeing a dentist on a regular basis is also necessary, as they are best at cleaning teeth and taking care of tartar.

The interview ended by noting that brushing and flossing your teeth are the only effective ways to physically remove the plaque, even though mouthwash, gum, and mints can give your mouth a fresher feel…so no cheating.

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