How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?

There are many different factors that go into our well-being. We are all taught from a very young age that brushing our teeth is essential for our dental health. 

It’s recommended that most people get a dental cleaning at least twice a year, but what should we do on a daily basis to maintain great oral health? How often should I brush my teeth? Why should you brush your teeth? 

This article will give helpful answers to these questions and more.

Why is it important to brush your teeth?

It really is essential to our oral health. 

Have you felt a thick film or food particles on your teeth after eating bread, pasta, or juice? Chances are, it could be plaque. 

Plaque can develop on your teeth when bacteria mix with certain foods. Brushing it off of your teeth is one of the best ways you prevent plaque buildup. 

This is very important because plaque left on can lead to painful conditions such as tooth decay and gum disease.

How many times a day should you brush your teeth?

The American dental association gives the recommendation to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Some even prefer brushing 3 times a day. This is best done with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Most people find the most suitable times are when they wake up in the morning and then before they go to sleep in the evening. 

Brushing your teeth two times a day is a general recommendation for most people with normal health but can change for patients with specialized needs.

How to brush teeth?

Brushing your teeth for two minutes each time is suggested. 

The time can go by quite slow, but try not to skip it. With those two minutes, you can try to rid your mouth of some harmful bacteria. Take your time to gently circulate around all teeth, careful to brush the front, back and sides. 

Using a timer on your phone or playing your favorite song while brushing your teeth is a good distraction. It can be easy to remember how often by thinking, “2 by 2”. We brush our teeth twice a day for two minutes!

What should you brush your teeth with?

A soft-bristled toothbrush works well to remove any food particles without irritating the gums. 

Be sure to buy the appropriate size toothbrush for your mouth. Most of the time, this is indicated on the package.  

Using an American dental associated (ADA) certified fluoride toothpaste alongside brushing is ideal. The fluoride toothpaste can help rebuild enamel and remove buildup.  

What happens if you never brush your teeth?

Despite your best tooth brushing, there are still some spots where build-up can hide. At times, these spots can go unnoticed for a while. 

You may have even neglected to brush for a while. You could possibly begin to develop severe decay.

Our clinicians here at Novato Oral Surgery will be more than happy to evaluate your smile and give you a personalized plan. Rest assured you will leave happy, with a smile!

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