Good things take time! Good dental health is no exception. And although caring for your teeth isn’t a huge time commitment, making sure you follow a daily dental care routine and devoting just a short bit of time every day to it goes a long way! And remember, don’t rush your brush!
How Often Should I Brush?
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends the following:
- Brush your teeth twice daily. Although brushing three times a day is ideal, or after every meal, it’s not always realistic in our busy lives. More than three times can begin to damage your gums and the enamel on your teeth.
- If you’ve enjoyed acidic foods or beverages, it’s best to avoid brushing your teeth right away. These acids weaken tooth enamel, and brushing too soon can remove the enamel. If you know you’re going to eat or drink something acidic, brush your teeth before eating.
What’s The Best Toothbrush For You?
The best toothbrush is a soft-bristled brush roughly about the size and shape of your mouth, it should fit easily in your mouth and reach all areas. You’ll always get a new toothbrush at your six-month check-up with us but a replacement toothbrush about halfway between check-ups, or every three to four months, is ideal. If your toothbrush shows wear before then, replace it as needed.
In addition to brushing, you can also do the following to help promote good dental health:
- Floss daily to help remove plaque and food particles in between the teeth and gum line.
- Use fluoride toothpaste.
- Drink plenty of water to flush away food residue and bacteria.
- Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
- Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.
If you have questions on what dental products are best for you, ask us at your next dental appointment. And look for the ADA Seal on fluoride toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, oral irrigators, mouth rinses, and other oral hygiene products.