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Why exactly do people need to brush their teeth?
Updated: 2/14/2013 11:30:03 AM

Why exactly do people need to brush their teeth?

Surveys have shown that many people skip their regular trips to the dentist, which may open them up to experiencing a host of dental health problems. Furthermore, many individuals also state that they don't brush their teeth twice a day, or even once. However, some individuals may not know what exactly what will happen to their teeth if they do not take proper care of them, but they should, because it just might scare them into doing a better job when it comes to caring for their pearly whites. 

Discovery Health points out that some people may have the thought, "If cavemen didn't brush their teeth, then why should we?" However, this type of thinking can get individuals into serious trouble, which is something that everyone needs to understand. 

What will happen?
So what will happen to people who don't brush their teeth? According to Discovery Health, the difference between us and cavemen is the modern diet. The human mouth is teeming with more than 600 strains of bacteria, as it was in the time of the cavemen. However, our ancestors mostly ate meat, fruits and vegetables, while modern diets contain far more sugar. The bacteria in the mouth love sugar and use it as a food source, so if people aren't brushing their teeth regularly to remove excess sugar,  they are sure to find that their mouths have more bacteria in them than ever. 

What will this bacteria do? These organisms will slowly eat away at tooth enamel, leaving them weak and prone to infection. If people skip brushing their teeth, after a while they will develop gum disease that will eventually turn into periodontitis. This will leave teeth rotting and aching and the dentist will have no choice but to pull them. This is how people go from having their natural teeth to wearing dentures. 

What are other good reasons? 
The Huffington Post states that along with helping people keep their teeth, studies have shown that brushing has also been shown to potentially help prevent stroke, dementia and pneumonia. Furthermore, research has also shown that when people brush their teeth, it sends signals to their brains that mealtime is over. This may help people shed pounds, particularly if they often eat late at night, which is a common problem for many individuals who tend to overeat. 

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