Here’s how often you should be brushing
Have you brushed your teeth today? While it may seem like a silly question, people forget or neglect to brush their teeth every day. Additionally, many people lack access to proper dental care, which means they may not have the knowledge they need to properly take care of their teeth, leaving some to wonder, “How much should I brush my teeth?” It’s a good question because there’s a lot of misinformation on the internet today. With that in mind, here’s 8 to 8 Dental’s recommendations for teeth brushing and routine oral care.
How often should I brush my teeth?
The short answer is that you should brush your teeth at least twice per day. However, you can brush more and should brush more if you’re eating, drinking or using a lot of things that could cause plaque buildup such as alcohol, tobacco, sugary beverages and foods and more. It’s a good rule of thumb to begin the day by brushing your teeth and end the day by brushing your teeth, but it never hurts to keep them clean throughout the day, either.
How often should I floss and use mouthwash?
Floss and mouthwash don’t have to be used as often – they’re recommended at least once per day. Flossing helps remove stuck bits of food that cause bacteria to decay the enamel of your teeth. Mouthwash further cleans the mouth to kill bacteria and protect the enamel of your teeth.
What are some tips that will help me remember?
If you or a child is having trouble remembering to brush your teeth, don’t be embarrassed. It’s a task that many people struggle to do on a regular basis. However, it’s important that you start to make it a regular part of your dental care to prevent tooth decay and oral diseases. With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you stay on track:
- Make it a Task – Make it part of your routine at various parts of your day. Incorporating this with other chores and tasks that you do routinely should help you remember to do this one as well.
- Set an Alarm – Whether you use a phone or an alarm clock radio, find a way to physically remind yourself that there’s something you need to do.
- Leave a Note – If an alarm won’t work, put a note in the bathroom where it’s visible and you won’t miss it.
- Pack a Spare – Some people forget due to their on-the-go lifestyles. With a toothbrush always in tow, you’ll never have a reason to not brush again!
- Substitute – It’s bad enough you didn’t brush – you don’t want anyone to know, do you? If you can’t brush and you’re in a bind, use sugar-free gum or mints to take the edge off of your breath.