You’ve probably heard various advice when it comes to brushing your teeth – some people brush after each time they eat, some sing a song to make sure they brush long enough, and the list goes on. But how often do you really need to brush your teeth and how do you make sure you’re doing it correctly?

How Often

Brushing your teeth two to three times a day is recommended. Usually, people do this in the morning when they wake up and right before they go to bed as a habit. It is important to brush this often to remove food and plaque. If you eat something especially sugary or sticky during the day, it’s probably a good idea to brush after you’re finished consuming that food to remove these more harmful substances from your teeth and gums.

How to Brush Properly

First, when you’re selecting a toothbrush, it is important to buy one that will be the most beneficial for your mouth. Typically, this is a soft-bristled toothbrush, which won’t be too hard on your teeth or gums, and you should be sure to replace it every several months. Read more about choosing a toothbrush here: Choosing the Best Toothbrush

Second, when you brush, you need to make sure you are effective while also not doing anything that might harm you. Using short strokes back and forth, brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of your teeth. Make sure that you are not brushing hard as they could damage your gums.

Keep Teeth Healthy

First, when you’re selecting a toothbrush, it is important to buy one that will be the most beneficial for your mouth. Typically, this is a soft-bristled toothbrush, which won’t be too hard on your teeth or gums, and you should be sure to replace it every several months. Read more about choosing a toothbrush here:

  1. Floss daily – Flossing daily allows you to get out plaque and other debris from in-between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach.
  2. See your dentist biannually – If your dentist sees you regularly, he/she can catch any issues, such as cavities and gum disease, before they become serious. Also, these twice-yearly cleanings get buildup off your teeth that neither brushing or flossing can usually get.
  3. Eating healthy – Eating and drinking healthily is not only good for your teeth and gums through but your overall health

 

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