Many of our patients are curious about the optimal frequency of toothbrushing for maintaining dental health.
It’s suggested by the American Dental Association to brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time. Some individuals choose to add an extra brushing session in the afternoon to refresh their breath post-meal. This can be beneficial as long as it’s done gently to prevent damage to the tooth enamel and gums.
When not to brush
It’s important to note, however, that brushing right after consuming acidic foods or beverages is not advisable. Acids tend to soften the tooth structure, heightening the risk of erosion during brushing.
We advocate the use of a soft-bristled toothbrush to effectively clean while preserving the integrity of your teeth and gums. Remember to replace your toothbrush every 6 months, or even sooner if you brush frequently throughout the day. Considering electric toothbrushes is worthwhile as well—they can be quite effective. Feel free to ask us for suggestions on brands.
Regular brushing is a cornerstone of dental well-being.
It’s important to brush your teeth frequently to maintain good dental health. If you have not visited our dental hygiene team and are due for your next visit, please request an appointment online or contact us at 828.631.3283.
David S. McGuire, DDS