The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day although some dentists suggest brushing three times a day. You should brush for at least two minutes, and although that sounds like a long time, you can make it more manageable by dividing your mouth into four sections and brushing each area for 30 seconds each.
However, make sure to not overdo it. Brushing more often or for a longer period of time can result in weakened enamel. And you do not need to brush aggressively. It does not take a lot of force to remove bacteria.
Your diet will also affect when you brush your teeth. Acidic foods can break down your enamel immediately after consumption, so you do not want to brush immediately after a meal if it was high in acidic content. Brush your teeth at least an hour after eating a meal. Or if you know you are going to eat something acidic beforehand, brush your teeth prior to the meal.
In addition to brushing, make sure to floss your teeth every day. This will remove bacteria that cannot be reached with a toothbrush. And replace your toothbrush once every three to four months or after you have been sick.
If you have any concerns regarding your dental health, schedule an appointment with one of our dentists.