Brushing your teeth is extremely important and is vital in protecting your oral health. However, brushing too much can also cause damage to your teeth. You need to brush your teeth at least twice a day to thoroughly remove bacteria and food particles before they can do significant damage. Similarly, it is important to floss once a day and see your dentist every 6 months.
Your teeth have a thin layer of enamel that serves as a protective barrier. Once this layer has worn away, the enamel is gone forever. The teeth are then vulnerable, allowing bacteria to infiltrate their surface and cause tooth decay. This is why it is so essential to protect the enamel of your teeth.
How Many Times Should You Brush Your Teeth?
Brushing too much or with a hard-bristled toothbrush can damage the enamel layer. Brushing your teeth more than twice a day isn’t necessarily a bad thing; after all, it removes harmful bacteria from your mouth. However, you should try to limit brushing your teeth to three times per day. Brushing more often than this can damage the enamel layer. Similarly, you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently.
When Should You Brush Your Teeth?
When you brush your teeth is as important as how often you brush your teeth. Though it may seem helpful to brush immediately after eating, you should wait for 30 minutes. Acidic foods and beverages will cause an acid attack to your teeth that will soften the enamel. Waiting for 30 minutes will prevent you from brushing when your teeth are particularly vulnerable to damage. Your toothbrush should be the last thing to touch your teeth at night.
There are ways to help eliminate bacteria and food particles without brushing. Though these methods are no replacement for brushing, they can help prevent tooth damage between brushings. Swishing water around your mouth after eating can help rinse out excess food particles. Additionally, chewing gum will stimulate saliva production and help rinse out harmful bacteria. To learn more about how to protect your teeth, or to schedule your regular dental cleaning, contact us at Hyde Park Dental today!