Sep 12, 2008

THE NEED TO BRUSH OUR TEETH

Brushing our teeth takes care of the plaque that is a film that sticks to our teeth. This attracts bacteria and sugar. Bacteria loves anything sweet, of course. They feed on the sugar that is stuck in our teeth. It releases an acid that will eat the protective layer of our teeth. This layer is called enamel. When the enamel is broken down, our teeth will have holes that we call cavity. If this is not cleaned and patched up, it will then attact the gums and cause gingivitis.

The first thing we should take care is to clean the teeth and protect the enamel. Brushing your teeth regularly after meals takes care of it and reduce the bacteria on our teeth. Our teeth can last till our old age and we need it badly for cutting our food, chewing and managing food during consumption. If we lose our teeth, it would be stressful to eat and we may be stuck with soft diet that requires no chewing and biting.

Visit your dentist twice a year, preferably to make sure our teeth is in good condition and any treatment can be done before we lose our teeth.

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