Teeth Brushing: Not Just a Pretty Smile

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Your parents and your dentist always told you to brush your teeth, but, it turns out that your primary care physician is on the same bandwagon. Brushing your teeth is more than just good for your mouth. Take this quiz to find out the many healthy benefits that your toothbrush holds.

Brushing your teeth can reduce gum disease, a condition linked with what male health concern?

In men with chronic gum disease, oral bacteria and plaque enters the bloodstream, restricting the penile blood vessels. This decreases the blood supply needed for erections.


True or False: Brushing your teeth doesn't remove tartar.

Brushing your teeth removes plaque,the daily build-up of oral bacteria. Tartar is hardened plaque and needs to be removed by a dental professional.


How can brushing your teeth help you lose weight?

The minty fresh feeling in your mouth signals your brain that eating is over for that meal, or even for the day. By the time that feeling is gone, your body has usually begun to feel full.


Good oral care, like daily brushing and flossing, can help reduce the risk of what respiratory disease?

COPD is an upper respiratory infection, caused by inhaling bacteria, like that generated by poor oral care and gum disease, from the throat into the lower respiratory tract.


Why are diabetics more likely to get periodontal disease?

Diabetes can lower a person' s white blood cell count, the body's defense for fighting infection.


How does teeth brushing help your blood circulation?

Brushing your teeth helps prevent plaque and other germs from building up. Left untreated, these can enter the bloostream and restrict blood vessels.


Chronic gum disease and poor oral care in pregnant women is correlated to what birth conditions?

The American Academy of Periodontology published information from a study in which women with unhealthy gums were four to seven times more likely to deliver early than moms with healthy mouths.


How is teeth brushing linked to heart disease?

It's all about keeping the bloodstream clear. Poor oral care, like lack of brushing and flossing, creates bacteria. These bacteria can actually create blood clots when they enter the bloodstream.


True or False: Pregnant women need to suspend dental visits until after they give birth.

While it's a good idea to avoid any major dental treatments during the first trimester and the latter part of the third trimester, pregnant women can maintain good dental care throughout the second trimester. Pregnant women may be more suspectible to gingivitis, so good brushing and flossing are important.


What condition is NOT associated with good oral health like brushing, flossing and healthy gums?

People with gum disease and unhealthy mouths are more likely to contract infections, like pneumonia or to have circulation issues related to strokes because oral bacteria can get into the respiratory tract or the blood stream. Rosacea is a dermatological condition associated with acne.


Gum disease, which can be a result of poor brushing and flossing habits, may increase the risk for what disease?

A study done at New York University College of Dentistry linked Alzheimer's with gum disease, finding that people with periodontal disease were more prone to lower cognitive functioning.


For optimal health benefits, how many times a day should you brush your teeth?

The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day for two to three minutes each time. This is enough to control the bacteria growth in our mouth. There are some theories that overbrushing can wear away at gums and teeth.


Chronic gum disease can have what adverse effect for couples trying to conceive a baby?

Regular teeth brushing and good oral care is linked to fertility in men. In an Israeli study, two-thirds of the men that suffered from gingivitis had low sperm counts. Of the men with no sperm count, one half had chronic gum disease.


Regular teeth brushing will stop the growth of plaque.

Plaque actually never stops growing. Brushing your teeth is the best means of controlling the growth and removing it daily.


Approximately how many calories does brushing your teeth burn?

Brushing your teeth, three times a day for about two to three minutes each time can burn over 3,500 calories a year. That is one easy, healthy way to lose a pound without even dieting!


How does teeth brushing help fight cavities?

Plaque is the culprit with a cavity because acid from the plaque makes holes in the tooth.


When does plaque build up on our teeth?

Plaque starts to build up 20 minutes after eating because this is when bacteria are the most active inside our mouth. Brushng teeth manages this build-up so that it does not spin out of control.


If you brush your teeth, you won't have halitosis, or bad breath.

In addition to brushing your teeth, you need to brush your tongue. Also, flossing helps reach food and bacteria lodged between teeth.


When should women pay special attention to good teeth brushing and oral habits?

Basically, the hormone surges during the different phases of a woman's life make them more sensitive to oral health problems. While it's important to always brush regularly, floss and have dental check-ups, a woman should be especially vigilant during high hormonal times.


Periodontal or gum disease can be caused by poor brushing and flossing habits. What is NOT a symptom of gum disease?

Periodontal disease is characterized by irritated, swollen gums. Teeth become loose because the gums holding them in place is compromised. The culprit in both situations is bacteria building up in the mouth.


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