I recently spoke with Dr. Ahmed Ezze, owner of Easy Dental VA, asking him about the real benefits of brushing your teeth besides the obvious reasons such as removing food residues. The following texts are his answers:
What is the true purpose of brushing your teeth? Has anyone ever really told you? You have always been told, since you were a little kid, to brush your teeth twice a day. But why? Well, it comes from research done in dogs in the early sixties, actually.
You see, it was found that if we disrupted the plaque on teeth, completely, every seventy-two hours it would prevent gingivitis, or gum disease. This, is turn, would prevent periodontal disease, or bone loss. Well, since humans aren’t perfect at perfectly cleaning their teeth, it was found, through much research, that brushing twice a day was ideal.
In all of this research, no dentifrice, or toothpaste, was used. It wasn’t until later, after we found that fluoride was found to prevent cavities that we started to use toothpaste for this reason. Dentifrices had been used prior but only to help clean teeth. Prior to the 1960s, all teeth cleaning was just willy nilly.
In todays world, the use of toothbrush, toothpaste, flossing and mouthwash are important to ensure that your teeth will maintain their health for many years to come.
I recommend Dr. Ezze if you live in Gainesville VA area. You can find him at:
Easy Dental Care
7522 Old Linton Hall Rd.,
Gainesville, VA 20155