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Should You Brush Your Teeth After Every Meal if that Ends Up Being More Than Twice Per Day?

Posted on 5/17/2017 by Alicia Knaysi
A woman brushing her teeth.
Brushing your teeth is an important activity if you want to maintain good oral health. The benefits are unparalleled for your teeth.

Brushing cleans them, removes bacteria, makes your breath smell good (especially if you brush your tongue too), and it makes your teeth whiter.

It is so important that many people believe that the more they do it the better off they are. Well, that really isn't true. As with many other things in life, more is not always better.

Aren't You Supposed to Brush After Every Meal and Snacks?

In the good old days the general feeling was that you should brush after every mean and snacks. Of course, this started before dental floss was available to people. It also may have coincided with the inclusion of Fluoride in the toothpaste.

The more you brush your teeth the more Fluoride you get on your teeth and the more protection you receive. As time went on Fluoride was added to many municipal water supplies and then to mouthwash. Dental technology improved and as more was known about the structure of the tooth and the processes that cause cavities to form.

So How Often Should You Brush?

When you brush your teeth you should do it twice a day - when you get up in the morning and before you go to bed at night. In the morning you wash away the bacteria that have gathered on your teeth while you sleep.

If you have problems with dry mouth at night this is particularly crucial. Your saliva takes care of your teeth when you don't brush, but if you don't produce enough saliva you will have a problem.

When you brush at night you prepare your teeth for the time period when all you have is your saliva to do the job. If you suffer from dry mouth, again, this is an important brushing.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about brushing your teeth.

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