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Brushing your teeth can help improve your oral health in major ways. For starters, did you know that brushing will remove the plaque buildup that creates cavities and lead to gum disease? Well, it’s true! To help you understand your oral health, our team here at Woodruff Family Dental in Jonesboro, Arkansas, is happy to give you some pointers on why it is important to brush your teeth.

Essential for your oral health, brushing your teeth should be done at least twice a day, for two minutes a day. This will keep food particles and bacteria from nesting in your teeth, so cavities can be avoided as much as possible. Flossing can help reach between your teeth and very deep along the gum line to also protect the hard to reach places your brush cannot reach.

It is important to keep in mind your toothbrush should be changed every four to six months. Bacteria can store in your toothbrush, making it harder to keep your teeth clean. Also, by switching your toothbrush when the bristles become too frayed, you are helping your oral health stay in top-notch condition. Worn bristles will not clean your teeth as well as fresh bristles on your toothbrush can.

If you skip brushing regularly, you could be putting your smile at risk to gum disease. If gum disease strikes in your smile, you could experience things like persistent bad breath, tooth loss, red and bleeding gums, and even bone loss can occur. That is why brushing is so vital to do in your oral hygiene routine and in your everyday life. If you have any questions about your oral health or feel it’s time for a check-up, please call our office today at 870-972-8190 to set up an appointment with our caring doctor, Dr. Tim Woodruff. Our professional staff is always ready to assist your oral health in any way we can.