How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?

Tooth Brushes

Did you know that if you don’t brush your teeth twice a day it can increase your risk of developing tooth decay by 33%.

The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes each time.

Brushing your teeth helps to remove food and plaque, a sticky film containing bacteria that forms on your teeth. After you eat sugary snacks or a meal, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that will attack tooth enamel.

Eventually, the acid can break down tooth enamel, causing cavities. Plaque that isn’t removed can also harden into tartar, making it harder to keep teeth clean. Tartar buildup on your gums leads to inflammation that causes gum disease.

Besides brushing your teeth, to keep your mouth healthy, do the following:

  • Floss daily.
  • Use mouthwash after brushing and flossing.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat a healthy diet and limit sugary food and drinks.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are irregular or splayed.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups with X-rays and cleanings.

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