How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?

Young woman brushing her teeth in front of a mirror, with text - Rotary Way, CAAt times it’s possible to forget to do important daily tasks. One thing you might easily forget to do is brush your teeth. It’s important to get in the habit of brushing your teeth. This article will share some tips on how to form the habit. But first what is the answer to the question ‘how often should I brush my teeth’.

How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?

The recommendations from the American Dental Association (ADA) state that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, brushing for a minimum of two minutes each time. Flossing your teeth, going into the gum line should also accompany your tooth brushing.  You may also choose to use a mouthwash at the end of your brushing routine. Following this routine contributes to good dental health. By doing so you will remove food particles from your mouth and reduce any bacteria or plaque buildup. It’s harmful bacteria that lead to cavities and tooth decay. 

On top of these daily habits, you should visit the dentist at least twice a year. They will remove any build up of plaque and check for decay. The x rays they use often detect things you can’t. Regularly practicing these things will help you to maintain good oral health. So what can you do to make sure that you brush your teeth every day?

Get Into the Habit of Brushing Your Teeth

A regular habit or routine of brushing your teeth every day can help you to keep up this practice. Doing so will go a long way in helping you to maintain good dental health. So how can you create the habit to brush every day?

Get into a tooth brushing routine

Habits formed are hard to break. So try to include brushing your teeth as part of the routine you have when you wake up and go to bed. Once you start cleaning your teeth at least two times a day and it becomes a habit, you will do it almost automatically. 

Set a brushing alarm

Have you phon alert you two times a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. Set it around the time you want to brush your teeth. You might need to brush your teeth right away, or else you might forget.

Visually remind yourself to brush

Keep your toothbrush where you will see it. You’re more likely to remember to brush if you do.

Create a plan B (B for brush)

Even with your best intentions, there may be times when you will still forget to brush your teeth. So have a plan B.  A travel toothbrush and toothpaste in your bag will make it possible to brush your teeth on the move. Chewing sugar free gum is also helpful to keep bacteria levels down but it won’t remove plaque like brushing does.

What If My Teeth Are Already Decayed?

Serious dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease can affect those that don’t keep up the habit of brushing their teeth twice a day. These conditions can lead to tooth loss. If your teeth have decayed beyond repair then it may be necessary to have them extracted. Gum disease can also cause teeth to become loose and fall out. Prevention is always better than cure, however oral surgery can correct these dental issues.

 Services available at Rotary Way Oral Surgery can help. They can perform tooth extractions for those that have decayed beyond repair and dental implants to replace any missing teeth. They are often chosen over other teeth replacement options as they mimic natural teeth. If you live in Vallejo, CA or the San Francisco Bay area then book an appointment today to discuss what service is best for you. 

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