How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?

We all forget to do things at times, whether it’s taking out the trash, forgetting to pay a bill, or some other household chore. However there is something that we wouldn’t want to forget too often, that’s cleaning our teeth. If you have fallen out of the habit then maybe you could benefit from following some simple tips. We’ve listed a few here in this article. Firstly, however, let’s look at how often our teeth should be cleaned. 

What the Dentist Recommends

The American Dental Association (ADA) gives recommendations on the full routine that will help preserve your oral health. They suggest that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, flossing once, and using a mouthwash when you have finished. They also recommend using sugar free chewing gum after eating a meal to help reduce the sugars that feed bacteria and cause cavities and tooth decay. It’s also good to make an appointment with the dentist twice a year to check on anything that you might be missing. They will also remind you of other good oral hygiene practices. When you keep to this routine you will likely maintain good oral health. If you are finding it difficult to maintain his routine, what can you do?

Get Into the Habit of Teeth Brushing

Getting into the habit of brushing your teeth can help you to remember to do it on a regular basis. This is so important if we want to maintain good oral health. So how can we create the habit in our lives?

Make it routine. You likely have noticed that you have a going to bed or waking up routine. It may include the order in which you get dressed, eat breakfast, or things you do before you go to bed such as checking that the doors are locked. Try to include cleaning your teeth as part of this routine. Once it’s there it will almost become automatic. 

Let your phone alert you. You can remind yourself with a simple alert on your phone. Try setting one in the morning and one in the evening at approximately a time that’s convenient to clean your teeth. Once you have been alerted do it straight away, otherwise you might just forget.

Visual reminders can help. Out of sight is often out of mind. So leave your toothbrush in a place where you’ll see it. 

Have a plan B. There may be times that you still forget. So having a backup plan can help you to clean your teeth even if you have already left the house. You could carry with you a travel toothbrush and toothpaste or sugar free chewing gum. Chewing gum isn’t going to remove plaque but at least it will reduce the sugars in your mouth.

What If My Teeth Are Already Decayed?

Unfortunately, if you don’t keep up the habit of daily teeth cleaning then you run the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. This often leads to tooth loss. If you have a tooth or teeth that have decayed beyond repair then you may need to have them extracted. Or they may even become loose and fall out in the case of gum disease. If this happens then you may need oral surgery to correct the problem.

The surgeons at Vallejo Oral Surgery provide services that can help. For example in the case of decay, they offer tooth extractions. They can also replace missing teeth with dental implants. These are often considered the best tooth replacement option as they mimic real teeth. If you live in Vallejo, CA or the San Francisco Bay area then book an appointment today to discuss what service is best for you.  

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