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We all know that brushing our teeth prevents cavities and gum disease, but did you know that your daily cleaning ritual could help prevent some serious conditions?

Surprisingly, more than 30 per cent of Australians admit they only brush their teeth once daily, with most skipping the pre-bed brush.  Many admit to avoiding flossing altogether.

Here are three compelling reasons to keep on brushing, night and day.

You’re brushing your arteries too

A paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007 suggested that deep-cleaning teeth and gums under local anaesthetic resulted in healthier, more elastic arteries six months later. Meanwhile, the American Heart Association says that periodontal disease, where the gums pull away from the teeth, is associated with atherosclerosis,  a condition in which arteries become clogged up by fatty substances.

Preventing inflammation…

Francesco D’Aiuto, senior lecturer at the Eastman Dental Institute in London says people “should not underestimate what the body senses when the mouth is neglected”. When plaque builds up on teeth, or becomes trapped in the gaps around your teeth, bacteria and inflammatory chemicals released by immune cells in the gums can enter the bloodstream, triggering a range of responses in organs. Chronic inflammation can damage cells at a DNA level, and is linked to a growing range of diseases, including cancer.
Brushing your teeth regularly (at least twice a day) prevents gum disease and removes the plaque that bacteria loves to live in.

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  1. I brush twice a day sometimes up to 4-5 … I visit the dentist every 6 months as a matter of fact I’m off to the dentist today and I’m 64

  2. This is very interesting. It makes me pleased I brave the dentist regularly……in spite of the cost!!

  3. Im 69 and i brush my teeth three times a day i allways have and i go to the dentist once a year now that im retired that is all i can afford…….

  4. Always brushed morning, night AND before leaving the house as well….told recently due to age and receding gum line to plse ease off as the wear n tear is showing up….dentist also told me which hand I brushed with…..

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  5. My little preschool taught us basic hygiene,and we all had our own basins and little bags with toothbrush and wash rag. We had to wash our hands before eating and brush our teeth after. That,and the fact that mum took me yearly to the dentist means it is a natural habit now. We used to have a subject called Hygiene,now schools don’t even supply soap to wash their hands before eating,which is quite shocking!

  6. Everybody needs to clean teeth with pixlers (fine tooth brushes). I had constant gum pain with bleeding etc & the dentist wanted to scrape the roots etc but after a month plus using sensadyne toothpaste it all turned around. A year later an X-ray showed healthy teeth, gums and limited bone loss.

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    • yep the pixlers are great. I wish we had them as kids we might all have more teeth. I read where you should have a drink of water before you brush and just spit out the residue after and leave some in your mouth to protect your teeth .

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