How many times should I brush a day?


How many times should I brush in a day?

When taking steps to have  healthier  teeth, how many times do you think you should brush in a day? Here are some myths and facts about proper oral hygiene, let’s see how much you know about maintaining healthy teeth.

Myth: In order to have healthy teeth you have to brush after every meal.

Believe it or not, it is not a good idea to brush after every meal; in fact, brushing after every meal can cause severe damage to your teeth's enamel. Though certain foods and drinks can cause excessive bacteria creation such as high carbonated drinks, high sugared candies, and high acidic foods or drinks. Instead of brushing directly after eating, it’s a better idea to drink water. Drinking water rinses the acidic, carbonated, sugary residue off of your teeth. A couple additional options would be brushing before you eat/drink or waiting 30 minutes after.

Myth: You should brush your teeth for 2-3 minutes.

Believe it, it is best that you brush your teeth 2-3 minutes spending 1 minute 30 seconds on the top and jaw and the remaining 1 minute 30 seconds on the bottom jaw.

Myth: There is no specific way to brush your teeth.

Don’t believe it, brushing side-to-side roughly can scrape your gums and reduce teeth enamel. It’s important to brush thoroughly without causing gum irritation, bleeding, and swelling.

Myth: Harder bristle toothbrushes

It was a fad, for a while, to fall under the myth or assumption that harder bristled toothbrushes could clean bacteria and other food better than softer-bristled brushes. This isn’t necessarily true, unless a harder-bristled toothbrush has been specifically recommended to you, don’t bother purchasing one, as it can lead to the bleeding of the gums.

Myth: Brushing before a dental appointment can make it look like the mouth has been regularly cared for.

Your dentist will know better. Without regular oral care, there will be multiple instances of plaque build up, bacteria and possibly cavities, among many other problems. The best way to combat these would be daily brushing and flossing - despite any bleeding - as well as a visit to your dentist for a professional cleaning and checkup every six months.

Myth: Whiter is healthier

The whiteness of your teeth gives zero indication on if your teeth/bones are actually healthy. White teeth can have cavities, and the overuse of store bought whitening products can lead to more brittle teeth.

Myth: Sugar is the only bad food for your teeth

Starch builds up plaque. Acid can wear down enamel. Chewy foods, such as dried fruits, are horrible for your teeth as they stick on sugar to your teeth.

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Chicago Dentist