How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?

Woman looking at mirror while brushing her teeth, with text - Stanislaus, CAWe all forget to do things at times, whether it’s taking out the trash, forgetting to pay a bill, or some other household chore. However, one thing you wouldn’t want to forget to do regularly is to brush your teeth. If you have fallen out of the brushing habit then maybe you could benefit from following some simple tips. We’ve listed a few here in this article. Firstly, however, let’s answer the question ‘how often should I brush my teeth’.

What the Dentist Recommends

The American Dental Association (ADA) gives recommendations on the full routine that will help preserve your dental health. They suggest that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, brushing for at least two minutes each time. Along with tooth brushing, they also recommend that you floss at least once going up into the gum line.  It’s also advisable to use a mouthwash when you have finished. These practises will help remove food particles from the mouth and prevent plaque buildup. They also recommend using sugar-free chewing gum after eating a meal to help reduce the sugars that feed bacteria and cause cavities and tooth decay.

It’s also good to make an appointment with the dentist at least twice a year to check on anything that you might be missing like a buildup of plaque or decay. They have the advantage of using x rays to see what you can’t. They will also remind you of other good oral hygiene practices. When you keep to this routine you will likely maintain good oral health. If you are finding it difficult to brush your teeth every day then what can you do?

Get Into the Habit of Teeth Brushing

Getting into the habit of brushing your teeth can help you to remember to do it on a regular basis. This is so important if you want to maintain good dental health. So how can you create the habit to brush?

Make it routine. You have likely noticed that you do many things by routine. Especially when you get up and go to bed. Try to include tooth brushing as part of this routine at least two times a day. Once it’s there, you will brush your teeth automatically. 

Let your phone alert you. You can remind yourself with a simple alert on your phone. Try setting it two times a day, once in the morning and once in the evening at approximately a time that’s convenient to brush your teeth. Once you have been alerted brush your teeth right away, otherwise you might just forget.

Visual reminders can help. Out of sight is often out of mind. So leave your toothbrush in a place where you’ll see it. 

Have a plan B. There may be times that you still forget to brush your teeth. So having a backup plan can help you to clean your teeth even if you have already left the house. You could carry with you a travel toothbrush and toothpaste so that you can brush your teeth on the move. Chewing gum is another option but it doesn’t remove plaque like brushing does.

What If My Teeth Are Already Decayed?

Unfortunately, if you don’t keep up the habit of brushing your teeth twice a day then you run the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. This often leads to tooth loss. If you have teeth that have decayed beyond repair then you may need to have them extracted. Or they may even become loose and fall out in the case of gum disease.

If this happens then you may need oral surgery to correct the problem. The surgeons at Stanislaus Oral Surgery provide services that can help. For example, in the case of decay, they offer full mouth extractions. They can also replace missing teeth with dental implants. These are often considered the best teeth replacement option as they mimic real teeth. If you live in Modesto, CA or the surrounding area then book an appointment today to discuss what service is best for you. 

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