How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?

Young woman brushing her teeth in front of a mirror - California Oral Surgery, CAEveryone forgets to do important things at times but one thing you shouldn’t forget to do is brush your teeth. If you are not in the habit of brushing your teeth as regularly as you should then what can you do? You can read some suggestions in this article that will help you. Firstly, though, let’s answer the question ‘how often should I brush my teeth’.

How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?

You will do well following the recommendations given by the American Dental Association (ADA) to care for your dental health. They recommend that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, brushing for a minimum of two minutes each time. Along with tooth brushing, you should also include flossing at least once, going high up into the gum line.  It is also recommended to use a mouthwash at the end of your brushing routine.

The purpose of these practices is to remove food particles from the mouth and prevent any bacteria or plaque buildup. Bacteria leads to cavities and tooth decay. You should supplement your care with a visit to the dentist at least twice a year for them to see if there is anything that you might be missing like a buildup of plaque or decay. They are equipped with x rays to see the things that 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

Forming the habit of brushing your teeth every day can help you not to forget. 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

We are known to be creatures of habit. You likely have a routine when you wake up and when you go to bed. Include brushing your teeth as part of this routine. Once you do it at least two times a day and it becomes a habit, you will almost brush your teeth automatically. 

Set a brushing alarm

You can remind yourself two times a day, once in the morning and once in the evening by setting an alarm. Do so at approximately the time you want to brush your teeth. Drop what you’re doing and brush your teeth right away, otherwise, you might just forget.

Visually remind yourself to brush

Out of sight is out of mind. So keep your toothbrush where you will see it. 

Create a plan B (B for brush)

There may always be times when you will still forget to brush your teeth. So create a plan B.  Having a travel toothbrush and toothpaste in your travel bag allows you to brush your teeth on the move. You could also use chewing gum to keep bacteria levels down but it won’t remove plaque like brushing does.

What If My Teeth Are Already Decayed?

Serious conditions like tooth decay and gum disease can develop if you don’t keep up the habit of brushing your teeth twice a day. These conditions are the leading causes of tooth loss. If your teeth have decayed beyond repair then you may need 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 California Oral Surgery can help. They can perform extractions for teeth 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 Stockton, CA, or in or around San Joaquin County then book an appointment today to discuss what service is best for you. 

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