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Is Brushing More Often Better for Your Teeth?

Posted on 2/29/2020 by Shiv Sharma, DDS
Is Brushing More Often Better for Your Teeth?There is an old saying when it comes to doing things that are beneficial for you; “less is more”. While this may not apply to everything, there is certainly a case to be made for it when it comes to brushing your teeth. Not in the sense of how long or how well you brush them, but how many times per day.

Many people have fallen into the habit of brushing their teeth several times a day, as well as right after they finish eating. Today, we would like to look a little further into what exactly constitutes the proper number of times a day you should be using your toothbrush.

Twice a Day the Right Way?

The generally accepted rule is that two to three times per day is the best when it comes to brushing your teeth. For folks who have fallen into the category of those who brush five or six times a day, they usually stick to the usual routine of morning, sometime in the afternoon, and before bed, but they also add a session or three in after meals. The fact is, this is simply too much, especially when it comes to the post-meal cleaning.

What happens when you brush directly following eating is that you end up doing more damage than good. The food particles which are fresh on your teeth become abrasive and can actually scrape the enamel. Additionally, you aren't giving your mouth the time it needs to break down the enzymes and use the beneficial ones. These couple of reasons (along with several others) show that rinsing with water or a mouthwash following a meal is actually better.

To get a better understanding of proper oral care techniques and guidelines, as well as how they relate directly to your oral health, please call or stop by our offices when it is convenient for you.

Thank you for trusting us with your oral health. Give us a call at (650) 321-9693 .

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