How often should you brush your teeth?

Oral hygiene is critical to oral and overall health. Good oral hygiene practices keep you away from dental problems like dental cavities, gum diseases, and bad breath. The question of how many times we should ideally brush our teeth has always been controversial. So, what’s the reality, and what does science say? Read ahead as we shed light on this. 

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you brush your teeth twice in one day. Once in the morning to get rid of any accumulation which has happened through the night and once before bed to get rid of any food debris and other contaminating sources that have accumulated throughout the day. 

Ideally, you should use a soft-bristled nylon toothbrush to brush your teeth for up to 3 minutes. Each tooth and all the surfaces of the teeth should be covered for complete care. Fluoridated toothpaste is recommended as they help strengthen the tooth’s enamel and makes the teeth resistant to dental cavities. A pea-sized amount of toothpaste is sufficient for children above the age of 12 years as well as adults. 

What about infants and children?

The foundation for good oral health is laid in childhood. Therefore, pediatric dentists recommend parents start brushing their children’s teeth as soon as the first one comes through. A pediatric toothbrush having soft bristles and a grain size amount of toothpaste is recommended for children below the age of 12 years. 

If the first tooth is yet to erupt, it is recommended you clean the baby’s mouth with a soft cloth or cotton after each feeding. 

We hope this article was helpful to you. If you have any more questions or wish to schedule an appointment, please reach out to us. Our team of dental experts at Wilmington Periodontics and Implants is here to assist you and your family with excellent oral and overall health. 

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