Tooth brushing is widely regarded as the most important thing you can do for dental health. Still, many people simply don’t like to brush. They might feel like it is an inconvenient chore, or even find that tooth brushing is physically uncomfortable.
Many people wonder: How much brushing is enough?
How Many Times A Day Should You Brush Your Teeth?
Most dentists believe you should brush your teeth at least twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening. This is important because during the night, the formation of plaque is mostly undisturbed. Brushing after each meal is also endorsed by many dentists.
Brushing within 30 minutes of eating can slow down the bacterial colonization of the teeth. Bacteria feast on food particles, particularly sugar, releasing by-products that cause tooth decay.
Brushing Teeth Once A Day: Is It Enough?
Twice daily brushing is best for most people – but once a day is better than nothing! If you decide to brush once a day, consider timing it just before bed or just after waking.
Also think about other dental care activities you can do. For example, recent research shows antiseptic mouth wash can help reduce plaque.
What else can you do to fight pesky plaque? Sugar-free gum promotes saliva production, and saliva is a powerful natural deterrent for all kinds of bacteria. Saliva carries with it the minerals teeth need to rebuild and stay strong, too.
Some gums even have special additives that may support long-term dental health.
Your Dentist Is Your Biggest Ally For Healthy Teeth And Gums
In the end, only you can decide how and when to brush.
If you decide to brush less than twice a day, it’s even more important to be sure you see a dentist you trust on a regular basis. We recommend everyone sees a dentist at least twice a year. Your dentist can spot the early signs of tooth and gum issues. Plus, a periodic dental cleaning is vital!
A Dentist You Can Rely On–Anywhere
Dental Health Associates of Madison have several clinic locations to make dental healthcare that much easier for you and your family. Our family dentistry in Middleton, Fitchburg, and other Dane County locations is right for you.