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How Often Should You Clean Your Teeth?

Posted on 11/1/2023 by Andrew Admin
African American man pouring mouthwash after visit to Riverwind Dental in Richmond, VACleaning your teeth is a leading factor in healthy teeth and gums. Cleaning the teeth helps to remove debris and bacteria likely to cause bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. Unfortunately, some people are unsure how often they should clean their teeth.

Typically, brushing the teeth two to three times a day helps to reduce the risk of oral issues. In addition, flossing once a day can prevent plaque buildup between the teeth. Nevertheless, some teeth-cleaning techniques can harm oral health regardless of how often you brush. Learn 3 teeth-cleaning mistakes you should avoid:

Brushing Too Hard

There is a misconception that strong strokes clean the teeth better. Unfortunately, this does more harm to the teeth. It wears out the enamel, causing sensitivity and increasing the risk of cavities. The bristles of the toothbrush can also impact your oral health. Using stiff bristles can contribute to gum recession and enamel loss. For this reason, you may need to use gentle motions when brushing your teeth. A soft-bristles toothbrush can also help in this case.

Not Replacing Your Toothbrush

Bacteria in the mouth can hide in the toothbrush bristles, where they can multiply. While you can rinse the bristles, this is not enough to eliminate all the bacteria. That's not all! Using a toothbrush for too long makes the bristles become worn. Frayed or worn bristles are ineffective at teeth cleaning, which can increase the chances of oral issues. For this reason, replacing your toothbrush every three to four months should be a priority.

Brushing Too Soon After Meals

Items such as lemons and oranges weaken the teeth' enamel. If you brush too soon after consuming these products, you will likely remove the enamel. The American Dental Association recommends one wait at least 60 minutes to brush their teeth. This gives the saliva enough time to wash away the particles so that the mouth can return to its normal PH levels. Do you want to maintain the strength and health of your gums and teeth? Contact us and discover more teeth-brushing techniques.

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