How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?

There are many routine tasks we forget in life, taking out the trash, watering the yard, etc. One task you wouldn’t want to forget too many times though is to brush your teeth. Getting into a habit of brushing your teeth is one way of helping you remember. You can read here how to get into a habit. Firstly though, let’s answer the question ‘how often should I brush my teeth?’.

How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, brushing for a minimum of two minutes each time.

Flossing should also accompany your tooth brushing, making sure to go into the gum line. Mouthwash is also recommended at the end of your brushing routine. Continuing in this routine will contribute to good dental health. It will help reduce bacteria or plaque buildup as well as remove food particles from your mouth. Harmful bacteria left in the mouth can lead to cavities and tooth decay. As well as these daily habits, you should visit the dentist at least twice a year. They will clean off the build-up of plaque and check for decay. They have access to x rays to detect things you can’t. A regular routine will help you to maintain good oral health. So what can be done to make sure that you brush your teeth every day?

Get Into the Habit of Brushing Your Teeth

The old saying goes, habits last a lifetime. And certainly, brushing your teeth every day is a habit that’s worth cultivating. It’s the only way of successfully maintaining good dental health. So how can you develop the habit to brush every day?

Get into a tooth brushing routine

If routines become a habit they become harder to break. So try to include brushing your teeth as part of your waking up and going to bed routine.

If you manage to start cleaning your teeth at least two times a day and it becomes a habit, it will become automatic.

Set a brushing alarm

Set an alarm two times a day on your phone or smartwatch, once at the start of the day and once before bed. Have it alert you around the time you want to brush your teeth. As soon as you hear it brush your teeth right away, otherwise, you might forget.

Visually remind yourself to brush

Keep your toothbrush visible, not stored out of sight. It’s going to be a good reminder to brush your teeth.

Create a plan B (B for brush)

If you are rushing in the morning or have things on your mind, you still may forget to brush your teeth. So create a plan B.  Keep a travel toothbrush and toothpaste in your bag so that you can brush your teeth on the move. Chewing sugar-free gum will help keep bacteria levels down but it won’t remove plaque like brushing does.

What If My Teeth Are Already Decayed?

Tooth decay and gum disease can develop if you don’t keep up the habit of brushing your teeth twice a day. These can lead to tooth loss. Teeth that have decayed beyond repair may need to be extracted. Gum disease can also cause teeth to become loose and fall out. An oral surgeon can correct these dental issues. Services available at Pinole Oral Surgery can help. They can perform tooth extractions for those that have decayed beyond repair and dental implants to replace any missing teeth. They are often chosen over other teeth replacement options as they mimic natural teeth. If you live in Pinole, CA, or the Contra County area then book an appointment today to discuss what service is best for you. 

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