At the base of all healthy dental practice is, you guessed it, brushing and flossing. Though it would seem your dentist has said these two words over and over again, it cannot be stressed enough how important these two processes are in terms of dental health.

Brushing Your Teeth

Without brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, your teeth are at the mercy of bacteria and food rotting your teeth. Brushing, though it may seem unhelpful, is the only process you have to ensure that food doesn’t make a permanent home in your mouth. Much of the main health issues in dental care directly link back to food rotting away teeth, such as bad breath and tooth decay. Tooth decay typically occurs when carbohydrate-rich food, such as sweets, soft drinks, and even fruit juices are allowed to stay cemented to your teeth. As time progresses, the bits of food bond with your natural oral bacteria. When these two combine, plaque builds up and forms acids that break down the mineral structure of your teeth.

Flossing Your Teeth

Just as brushing your teeth is important to the health of your teeth, so is flossing. In fact, it could be argued that flossing your teeth is one of the most important

steps to caring for your teeth. Why? Well, with your teeth, you have smooth, visible surfaces to brush. Your teeth surfaces are much easier to care for because they are easily accessible, but with the crevices in between teeth —those are a little harder to reach. Most people don’t like to floss their teeth. In fact, 20 percent of American adults don’t floss at all! This statistic will bring a shiver to any dentist that hears it, especially because it is true. Most adults don’t floss their teeth, which is why tooth decay is a huge problem in the US. For example, food can still get caught in between your teeth. Even if you cannot see the bits of food when your smile or brush your teeth, trust that there are still piece hiding in between your teeth.

It is not that any of these dental processes are difficult to do or even that time consuming, however they can be tedious. Most of all dental care is dependent on your own desire to maintain healthy teeth. If you want a bright and healthy smile, you just have to train yourself to complete the right dental practice daily.