A recent survey about hygiene was done by a dental hygienist. She asked questions dealing with teeth and other aspects of keeping clean.
Teeth Survey Results
Experts say that ideally you should brush three times a day and floss at least once a day. Two brushings a day is usually the bare minimum recommended for maintaining good oral hygiene. Biofilm, also known as plaque, is one of the main reasons it is necessary to brush. The least amount of damage it can do is cause cavities, and it can even cause periodontal disease (gum disease) and bone loss.
Biofilm has even more serious threats than tooth loss! Scientists have also seen the same bacteria found in cavities in clogged blood vessels. Since biofilm can threaten the teeth and the ability to eat, it can even affect the immune system negatively. Gum disease, as we have read before in articles about pregnancy gingivitis, can affect pre-term babies in a negative manner as well. Bad breath is also an obvious consequence of biofilm.
People must acknowledge that poor oral hygiene and maintenance can have devastating long-term consequences, since the mouth and the rest of the body are all inter-related.
According to the survey results, only 12% of people said they brushed more than twice a day; 41% said twice a day, 42% only once a day, and 5% said they went a full day without brushing sometimes. Roughly half of people brush as much as they should!