How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?

Happy mouth appreciation day!

As you brush your teeth today, take a moment to remember how much your mouth means to you. In celebration of this day, let us think about the most basic way we show love to our mouths: by brushing our teeth.

Some of you might be thinking that mouth appreciation day is not actually a thing. Well, every day is mouth appreciation day! And for today, we will learn the best way to brush our teeth.

How to properly brush teeth

1. Teeth should be cleaned at least twice a day

Brushing the teeth not only removes food particles and germs, it also massages the gum to stimulate blood circulation.

Brushing in the morning removes the overnight buildup of bacteria and freshens the breath. Brushing the teeth at night removes old food that has been hiding in the mouth. It also removes plaque and bacteria, ensuring that the mouth stays healthy.

People with oral health issues may have to brush the teeth more than twice a day as recommended by their dentists.

In addition to brushing, flossing should be done once a day, when there is enough time to do a thorough job. When cleaning between the teeth, make sure to brush in short vertical strokes. Take extra care when cleaning the molars. They are vulnerable to dental caries. Be sure to remove any food particles that may be stuck in the ridges of the rear teeth.

2. When possible, brush after meals

When at home during the day, make a habit of brushing the teeth after each meal. When at work, make a point of rinsing out the mouth with water after lunch. A mild mouth rinse is also a good option for cleaning the mouth while at work or school.

People who wear braces should make every effort to brush their teeth after each meal. Braces tend to gather food particles and plaque easily.

3. Never brush the teeth immediately after drinking acidic drinks

Carbonated drinks and other acidic beverages (coffee, lemonade) weaken the enamel. Brushing the teeth after taking such drinks literally scrubs the enamel off with a toothbrush. The same applies for sugary treats. Wait a while before brushing the teeth. The extra time will give the enamel time to solidify again.

4. Brush like a dentist

Dental health professionals brush their teeth like the pros they are. This is their process: Divide the mouth into four quadrants: top left, top right, upper left and upper right. When brushing the teeth, the toothbrush should be at a 45-degree angle to the teeth.

In each quadrant, brush the teeth front to back, cleaning the inner, outer and chewing surfaces. The entire process should take at least two minutes.

5. See a professional

It is not possible to see every angle of the teeth during self-cleaning. Visiting a dentist twice a year allows a dental professional to make sure the teeth are well cared for. It is also a chance for the dentist to remove excessive plaque or tartar buildup from the person's teeth.

People with oral health issues should visit the dentist more often in order to improve their teeth or gums.

6. Technique is key

Brushing the teeth is the most important way to keep your mouth healthy. How well you brush your teeth makes the difference between a healthy mouth and frequent dental procedures. When brushing your teeth, take your time. Make the effort to brush your teeth so well that you will make your dentist proud.

Want more information about how to properly brush your teeth? Talk to one of our dentists today!

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