How Many Times A Day Should I Really Be Brushing?

June 20, 2023

You know you should be brushing your teeth twice a day every day. Regular brushing does wonders for oral health, but it’s not enough to keep your mouth healthy in the long run. 

How Long Should I Brush My Teeth?

We recommend brushing your teeth for two minutes each time. If needed, set a timer, but don’t skimp out on your brushing time. You can also brush for longer than two minutes to adequately clean all your teeth.

Brushing right after you wake up and before bed is essential to remove food and plaque that accumulates in your mouth throughout the day. 

Should I Brush My Teeth After Every Meal?

It’s a good idea to brush your teeth after you consume a meal or snack. Sugary and sticky foods can produce acids that attack tooth enamel, eventually leading to cavities. However, avoid brushing your teeth immediately after consuming these foods, as brushing too soon can remove your enamel.

In general, brushing twice a day should be enough. However, a dental professional might recommend you brush more than twice if you wear:

Tips For Better Brushing

No matter how often you brush your teeth, a proper brushing technique is crucial for maintaining good oral health. You should clean your teeth at home with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. Your toothbrush should comfortably fit in your mouth and be replaced every three months. Brush lightly and use short strokes to clean all surfaces of your teeth. Don’t brush too hard as the action can traumatize your gums and cause a recession

If you’re still unsure about how often you should brush your teeth, consult our dental professionals at Kildonan Crossing Dental Centre for personalized advice. Visit us in Transcona, at the corner of Lagimodiere Boulevard and Regent Avenue. We look forward to seeing you!