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How many times per day should I brush my teeth?

Posted Dec 7th, 2023 in Dental treatments, General Dentistry, Preventive Dental Hygiene

How many times per day should I brush my teeth?

You may be wondering how many times you should brush your teeth each day. Is it twice, three times, after every meal? Here, our dentists explain. 

Brush at Least Twice a Day

To reap the benefits of teeth brushing, you need to brush them at least twice a day. This includes once in the morning and once in the evening (and flossing at least one of these times, too).

If you can brush your teeth at other times throughout the day, great! Brushing after meals and snacks can also help minimize the growth of bacteria in your mouth. 

When combined with preventive hygiene, daily brushing is important for preventing dental issues from developing. It can help protect your oral health for years to come. 

Brush When You Wake Up

Be sure to brush your teeth each day in the morning. Regular morning brushing will help to reduce bacteria in your mouth, and rid your mouth of morning breath.

Brush Before You Go To Bed

During the day, small pieces of food can accumulate on and in between your teeth so it is important to brush at the end of every day. Regular evening brushing will help to remove food particles, and reduce harmful bacteria which can break down tooth enamel. 

Brush Effectively

Brushing twice a day isn't the whole story. You also need to be sure to brush your teeth thoroughly to really see results. 

Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes each time, and also floss at least once a day. Brush your teeth from front to back, moving from side-to-side of your mouth, and be sure to clean the front, back and top of every tooth. 

This regular practice will help keep your smile healthy and bright!

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