How often should I brush my teeth?

istock 1270073836You may have heard that you should brush your teeth after every meal – but sometimes this just isn’t possible. During a busy day, it can be difficult to find the time, or a bathroom, or a toothbrush and toothpaste. If you find it hard to follow this advice, the better rule may be to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Whether you are considering a cosmetic dentistry procedure or you just want to make sure you don’t have pain and problems with your teeth, healthy teeth and gums are important. Read on for reasons why you should brush your teeth at least twice a day! 

The morning brush

Some people brush as soon as they get up because they can’t stand the taste in their mouths; some people wait until after breakfast and brush right before they head out the door. Either way, it is important to brush in the morning (or whenever you get out of bed). As you sleep, your mouth makes less saliva, and bacteria thrive in this dry environment. Brushing in the morning is a good way to get rid of that extra bacteria – besides, isn’t having a fresh and minty mouth a good way to start the day? 

The before-bed brush

Bacteria keep building up on your teeth and gums throughout the day. Besides bacteria, you also accumulate particles from all of the food you’ve been eating all day. You want to make sure you get any debris off of your teeth before bed, before it has a chance to do any damage. Food particles left on your teeth produce acid, which quickly begins eating away at your tooth enamel. 

If you can brush after every meal, do! However, for many of us this just isn’t very realistic. Get into the habit of brushing at least twice a day for at least 2 minutes, and don’t forget the floss. Also, don’t forget to visit your dentist, if you are having pain in your teeth or gums or if you just need a good cleaning. Make an appointment at Dr. Samuel Jirik’s office in Cabot, Arkansas, for healthy teeth. Call (501) 843-9561 today!

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