Most children don’t see the importance of brushing their teeth, and that may be because they have one set of replacement teeth coming in. Being told by your parents that brushing should occur after each meal, or at least twice a day just did not seem like a top priority to us, especially when it only takes away the taste of the candy we just ate. One form of encouragement for taking to the bathroom was a tasty toothpaste or a toothbrush that doubled as a toy, the only problem with that is that it usually ended up being a distraction.
The First Signs
As you get older, your priorities begin to change, especially when you are trying to get close to someone. Mealtime may not have the same importance as it used to, if only for the fact that you are beginning to notice members of the opposite sex. It simply takes one time for someone to make fun of you when they see food lodged in your teeth for you to change your ways. If you had spent a little more time brushing those teeth, you would have been able to catch that piece of spinach. The risk of bad breath would also be reduced.
The Look You Shoot For
Cavities and tooth extractions are two painful times in your life, especially if you don’t want to spend time or money at the dentist. Brushing and flossing are two valuable decisions to make if you intend to reduce discomfort and maintain a beautiful smile. A smile is also very important for your career. Just think about the amount of people that you meet at your place of employment, proper brushing will take away the need to cover your mouth. A great set of teeth will also go a long way to building yourself confidence.
The Later It Gets
There are many people who regret not brushing their teeth when they had the chance, even more so when they end up with a mouth full of dentures. The problem is that by that time, it is simply too late and the decision has been made. Whether you are a child, a teenager, or an adult, make the right decision to brush your teeth regularly. The benefits include spending less money at the dentist, minimizing your risk of gingivitis and still having most of your natural teeth in your twilight years. Then there is the matter of your winning smile.