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How Often Should You Brush Your Teeth?

Posted by MINT DENTAL CARE on Jan 4 2022, 08:41 AM

How Often Should You Brush Your Teeth?

Oral hygiene plays an important role in maintaining healthy teeth. Brushing is one of the easiest forms to achieve good dental health. 

Why Brush Your Teeth?

Brushing helps to get rid of soft plaque caused by bacteria in your mouth. It also eliminates bad breath, teeth stains and prevents gum diseases.

Did you know brushing could reduce your chances of stroke or heart attack? Bacteria formed in your mouth travel into the bloodstream, thereby increasing cholesterol. Elevated cholesterol can cause a stroke. 

How Often Should You Brush?

In the past, people used to brush only once in the morning. With dietary changes and more sugary foods introduced in our diet, brushing one time wouldn’t suffice.  

It is recommended to brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day — after waking up and before you go to bed. Also, gargle with water after meals to rinse out your mouth. This will help get rid of food particles stuck between teeth. 

Brushing by Children

To develop healthy teeth, it is vital to start routine oral care in children. The health of baby teeth determines the health of permanent teeth in the future. Parents are advised to lead by example and encourage children to have good oral hygiene.

How to Improve Your Brushing

  • Choose a brush with soft bristles to protect your gums and teeth
  • Brush/scrape your tongue to reduce the germs in your mouth.
  • Use mouthwash after brushing. An antiseptic mouthwash can help prevent or eliminate bad breath by reducing bacteria.
  • It helps to rinse your mouth, gum, and teeth.

Tips for Dental Care

  • Use fluoridated toothpaste — Fluoride helps to protect your enamel, thereby reducing tooth decay or cavities.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months — Bristles tend to wear out over time and lose their efficiency.   
  • Floss before you brush — There are small spaces in between your teeth where your brush cannot reach. Flossing helps to remove food particles stuck there. Brushing after flossing will get rid of food remnants and bacteria.
  • Use the right toothpaste — There are different varieties of toothpaste available in the market. Contact your dentist for the best recommendation based on your teeth’s condition.
  • Schedule visits with your dentist — It is recommended to meet a dentist once in 6 months. Regular visits to the dentist can help avoid tooth-related ailments.


For more tips and comprehensive dental care, visit Mint Dental at 8258 W Thunderbird Rd, Suite 201, Peoria, AZ 85381. Call us at  (623) 471-5433 for appointments.

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