How often should I brush my teeth? Most people know the answer to this question. We all know regular six month check-ups aren’t enough to protect your smile if you don’t take care of your teeth on a daily basis. But how frequently should you brush each day?
“The reason we brush our teeth is to remove food and plaque before they lead to cavities and tooth decay,” says Dr. Hercules Real of REAL Dentistry. “More brushing, especially after meals, will lead to cleaner, healthier teeth.”
Most dentists recommend brushing at least twice daily. While many people prefer to brush in the morning after breakfast and just before bed at night, there’s no rule that says you can’t brush at other times as well. Bringing a toothbrush to work will allow you to brush after lunch, a prime time to brush that many miss.
Before you brush, keep the following tips in mind: Use only soft-bristled brushes to prevent wearing away tooth enamel. And always replace your brush as soon as the bristles begin to fray. Include daily flossing, healthy eating, and regular visits to your dentist to ensure your teeth stay healthy for many years to come. Contact Dr. Hercules Real and the staff at REAL Dentistry in Fullerton, California for more information.