How Often Should You Brush Your Teeth?

How Often Should You Brush Your Teeth?

Posted by DDS STAFF on Feb 16 2021, 06:14 AM

How Often Should You Brush Your Teeth?

Good dental hygiene can give you good oral health for life. Following an oral hygiene routine like brushing and flossing on time can help you with fewer cavities and better oral and overall health.

How many times should you brush your teeth?

It is recommended by ADA to brush teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled brush in the morning and at night. You should brush for at least 2 minutes each time.

Even though you brush well, there might still be some food particles or debris that get stuck between your teeth or under your gum line. Make sure to use dental floss or a water flosser to get rid of it. It is said that if you miss flossing, you miss cleaning 35% of the tooth surface. Skipping this step might increase the risk of getting cavities or other dental issues. 

Is it necessary for children to follow the same oral hygiene steps?

Infants and young children should start practicing good oral hygiene steps from the very beginning when the first tooth appears above the gum line.

For an infant’s tooth, you should use a soft-bristled infant toothbrush, and ADA recommends applying a small amount of fluoride toothpaste as well. You should talk to your dentist about the demonstration or advice.

Children aging between 3 to 6 can use a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste on their soft-bristled toothbrush. Ensure that they brush their teeth twice a day (morning and night) under your supervision, for at least 2 minutes each time. Teach them to spit while brushing, or else they might end up swallowing the toothpaste.

Is it okay to skip brushing?

Regularly skipping to brush an evening or morning might give you long-term issues which could have further complications. When you skip your routine habit, your teeth might develop food and bacteria buildup that forms plaque which erodes enamel and causes cavities.

If the plaque settles under your gum line, you might develop gingivitis (the earliest stage of gum disease). Gingivitis can get painful with inflaming and bleeding gums. If left untreated, the gum disease may reach its final stage of periodontitis, which can result in bone loss and loose teeth.


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