The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth no less than twice a day. They recommend that when brushing your teeth, use fluoride toothpaste for at least 2 minutes each time.
Brushing helps remove food particles and plaque that’s stuck in your teeth. The bacteria in plaque are responsible for producing acids that attack your tooth enamel, causing cavities.
When choosing an appropriate time to brush your teeth, consider your diet. Acidic food or drinks are known to weaken the tooth enamel, and brushing your teeth immediately after eating can remove your enamel.
People with arthritis or those who find it difficult to hold a toothbrush should try using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush. Results have shown that they remove plaque better than normal toothbrushes.
When’s the ideal time to brush my teeth?
Most dentists recommend that you brush after each meal. In case you brush twice a day, the best time is once in the morning and once before going to bed. Again, avoid brushing immediately after meals to protect your enamel against weakening due to acidic foods or drinks.
For instance, instead of brushing soon after taking orange juice because you’re in a hurry or late for work, consider brushing before eating. Alternatively, you can rinse your mouth with some water immediately after taking breakfast and chew sugar-free chewing gum for at least an hour.
You can do the following besides brushing your teeth for your oral dental hygiene:
- Avoid frequent snacking
- Floss daily
- Replace your toothbrush after 3 months
- Drink lots of water
- Use mouthwash once you floss or brush
- Eat healthy meals and curb your intake of sugary foods and drinks
- Go for regular dental checkups, X-rays, and cleanings
Brushing and Flossing at Home
When brushing your teeth at home, ensure you use a soft-bristled brush at least twice or thrice a day. Always use a toothbrush that suits the shape and size of your mouth. Use shorter strokes back and forth when brushing the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of your teeth.
When brushing in between your teeth, use vertical brush strokes. Flossing once a day helps remove food particles, bacteria, and plaque in between your teeth.