How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?

How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?

Posted by ARCADIA MEDI-DENTAL GROUP on Apr 8 2022, 08:23 AM

It is a surprising fact: your mouth is home to 100 million bacteria, both harmful and beneficial ones. Improper oral hygiene is the prime reason to stay away from good oral health and makes you sick. Toothbrushing is a regular oral practice that we are taught from our infancy to flush away cavity-causing bacteria.

One could practice proper brushing techniques from their childhood to get on track for a lifetime of optimal oral health. It is recommended to brush twice a day daily in the early morning and before going to bed at night.

Why You Should Brush Twice a Day?

Many people fail to brush regularly, giving excuses and replacing brushing with mouth sprays, chewing gums, and flavored mouthwashes. It might not be a good habit as plaque slowly builds up, affecting the surface of your teeth and gum line. Plaque gradually turns into hardened tartar, causing bleeding in the gums. Over time, the condition may no longer be rectified with routine brushing and flossing, affecting one's overall health.

Brushing in the early morning removes bad breath by removing acid and plaque that form overnight. Brushing before bedtime removes harmful bacteria from the food we consume and clears the damage that occurs due to insufficient saliva production.

General Tooth Brushing Tips

  • Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently in small circular motions with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes each time.
  • Avoid brushing right away after having acidic food.
  • Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle alongside your gums and apply only gentle pressure, else it may hurt your tooth enamel and gums.
  • Remember to brush your tongue
  • Choose a toothbrush head half-inch wide and one inch tall which can easily access all surfaces of teeth. The handle should be easily comfortable to hold in your hands.

How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush? 

Experts recommend changing your toothbrush every three to four months. Consider purchasing a new toothbrush if you are affected with flu or a common cold, or the bristles have become unevenly frayed. If you use a toothbrush for a long time, it will no longer do its job of removing harmful bacteria effectively out of the mouth.

In addition to regular brushing and flossing, it is important to visit a dentist for a quality cleaning to prevent serious oral health issues. Visit ARCADIA MEDI-DENTAL GROUP located at 311 E Live Oak Ave, Arcadia, CA 91006. Call us at (626) 515-8090 to book an appointment. 

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