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Most people know the importance of brushing your teeth regularly. However, did you know by skipping this daily habit, you could be inviting cavities to grow and gum disease to your smile? Well, it’s true! To help you understand the importance of brushing each day, our team here at Stephen Woodard in Spokane Valley, Washington, is happy to give you some basic information and insight, so you can keep your oral health in tip-top shape.  

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

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

If you avoid brushing regularly, you could be putting your smile at risk to gum disease. If gum disease occurs in your smile, you could experience things like persistent bad breath, tooth loss, red and bleeding gums, and even bone loss can occur in your jaw. That is why brushing is so important to do in your oral hygiene routine and in your everyday life.  If you have questions about your oral health or feel it’s time for a check-up, please call our office today at 509-924-8585 to set up an appointment with Dr. Stephen Woodard. Our friendly staff is always ready to assist your oral health in any way we can.