We all know that it’s important to brush our teeth, but how many times a day should we do it for optimal oral health? Depending on who you ask, you’ll probably get a different answer. Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes. However, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing three times a day for two minutes each time. So which is it: twice or three times? The answer is, “It depends.”
Below is a tooth cleaning guide that one can follow while brushing their teeth.
1. The schedule
The first thing one should do is schedule at least two minutes of time for brushing your teeth.
a. Remove plaque
Five minutes after each meal, you should brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes. This will remove the plaque accumulation from the previous night or meal. Going to bed with a plague on your teeth is never a good thing. You may have an easy time removing the plaque accumulation, but if you have a hard time with this then see your dentist for some help.
b.Twice a day
Brush your teeth at least twice a day. This is the minimum amount of brushing you should do to keep your teeth clean and healthy. It’s best that you brush your teeth after breakfast and dinner time.
2. The Toothbrush
The toothbrush that you use to brush your teeth is just as important as the length of time you brush. The ADA recommends at least a medium-soft bristled toothbrush with a round head. They suggest that the bristles be soft enough to remove everything from under your gum lines, but not so soft that it is able to scrape an accumulation of plaque off of your teeth. The bristles should not be too hard, as this can cause rust stains on your teeth and gums.
a. Electric or manual
Electric toothbrushes are the easiest and most preferred method of brushing teeth. They can be cleaned easily and they tend to make teeth more white. Also, they save time because the brushing is done at a much faster pace than with a manual toothbrush.
3. The toothpaste
The ADA recommends using toothpaste that is fluoride-free. What this means is that the toothpaste will not contain any of the toxic ingredients found in traditional toothpaste.
For children, you can use any type of toothpaste that has been approved for children by the American Dental Association (ADA). These toothpaste will be much easier on their gums and teeth, and it will be less likely to cause any problems for the child.
3. The Brushing technique
The technique for brushing your teeth is important to consider. If you use the wrong technique, then you may be harming your teeth more than helping them. When brushing your teeth, it’s important to brush them in short strokes of approximately 15 to 20 seconds. Do not brush too hard or else you can cause damage and pain to your gums and teeth.
It is important to brush your teeth correctly and for the recommended amount of time. This article has outlined the proper brushing times recommended by experts and dental professionals. By following these guidelines, you can ensure that you are brushing your teeth correctly and for the recommended amount of time.