How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?

Every day you need to perform routine tasks in order to benefit your health. They may include things like taking a shower or even eating the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables.

It’s fair to say that once these things become a habit you can do these things on autopilot and your long-term health will benefit. One of the important tasks that are essential for your dental health is to brush your teeth.

So, how can you get into the habit of brushing your teeth? Check out the four tips below. We’re sure they will work for you.

Before we get into that though, let’s answer the question ‘how often should I brush my teeth?’

How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste.

Brushing should continue for at least two minutes each time. 

Flossing is another habit recommended along with tooth brushing. You should aim to do this at least once a day. Slide the floss across the whole tooth and up into the gum line. 

A mouthwash can be used at the end of your brushing routine. These steps will go a long way to preserve your dental health. Bacteria levels in your mouth will be lower and you will prevent a plaque buildup. Bacteria and plaque are the causes of cavities and tooth decay. Flossing and brushing will also remove food particles from your mouth.

It is also important to make regular visits to the dentist at least twice a year. There they will check for decay and remove the buildup of plaque. The use of x rays allows them to detect cavities and other issues that you may not notice.

For your oral health to benefit from these things you need to be regular with them. So how can you get into the habit to brush your teeth every day?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste.

Get Into the Habit of Brushing Your Teeth

Most would agree that habits are harder to make than they are to break. So getting into the habit of brushing your teeth every day is certainly going to help you maintain good dental health. 

Let’s see how you can develop the habit to brush every day.

Have a tooth brushing a routine

Do you notice that you do some things by route? We usually develop a routine for when we wake up and when we go to sleep. Make brushing your teeth part of this routine. Establishing this at least two times a day will help your oral health.

Set an alarm

Set up an alert on your phone or smartwatch around the time you want to brush your teeth. Make sure to brush your teeth at the same time or you just might forget.

Give yourself a visual reminder

Out of sight is usually out of mind. So leave your toothbrush where you can see it. It’s one way that you can remember to brush your teeth.

Have a backup plan

If you’re not able to brush your teeth two times a day because of a busy morning then ease the pressure. Carry an extra toothbrush and toothpaste with you in your bag. Then you can either brush your teeth on the move or when you get to work.

What If My Teeth Are Already Decayed?

If you’re unable to keep up the habit of brushing your teeth twice a day you increase the chances of tooth decay and gum disease. Teeth that have advanced decay may need to be extracted. Advanced gum disease can also cause your teeth to become loose and fall out.

The oral surgeons at Fairfield Oral Surgery are fully equipped to provide solutions for these dental issues. For those that have decayed teeth beyond repair then they can use dental implants to replace the missing teeth. 

They are often chosen over other teeth replacement options as they mimic natural teeth. If you live in Fairfield, CA, or anywhere else in Solano County then book an appointment today to discuss how we can help you. 

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