Brushing is the most effective method of removing harmful plaque from your teeth and gums. Getting the debris off your teeth and gums in a timely manner prevents bacteria in the food you eat from turning into harmful, cavity causing acids.
Most dentists agree that brushing three times per day is the minimum; if you use fluoride toothpaste in the morning and before bed, you can get away without using toothpaste during the day. A simple brushing with plain water or rinsing your mouth with water for 30 seconds after lunch will generally do the job.
Nutrition and your Gums
Decay results when the hard tissues are destroyed by acid products from bacteria. Although poor nutrition does not directly cause periodontal disease, many researches believe that the disease progresses faster and is more severe in patients whose diet does not supply the necessary nutrients.
Poor nutrition can suppress your entire immune system, increasing your vulnerability to many disorders. People with lowered immune systems have been shown to be at higher risk for periodontal disease.