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Brush Your Teeth After Every Meal, Three Times a Day

Brushing Your Teeth: Twice Is Nice, but More Is Better

While getting my teeth cleaned the other day, my dentist asked me if I brush twice a day. "Of course. Ever since I was a kid," was my response. But she said that I should bring a toothbrush and toothpaste to work and brush after every meal, three times a day. She added that if I had time, I should brush after snacks and beverages like coffee, too. I know that means a lot of time spent at the bathroom sink, but if you have issues with cavities or bad breath, give my dentist's advice a try. Be sure to use a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush in a circular motion so you don't irritate your gums.

How many times a day do you brush?

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xdunlapx xdunlapx 6 years
When I go to my dentist in a few days I'll ask my dentist if I should brush so often. I just started taking care of my oral health and brushing and flossing after every meal and snack. It feels good to have constantly clean teeth.
etain369 etain369 7 years
I just recently read tht brushing after consuming anything acid (coffee, wine) will actually erdoe your enamal, which you can never get back! Your just supposed to rinse with water, and wait a 1/2 hr before brushing, or you will destroy the enamel.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
My dentist actually told me that twice a day is about the max because it's enough to kill all the bacteria and break up the plaque. I have fragile gums, so I have to be careful about brushing too hard or too often.
sourcherry sourcherry 7 years
Yeah, I recently did a little research on how to preserve the enamel, and not brushing after acidic foods is always recommended.
Allytta Allytta 7 years
Weston Price anybody? the guy did a great research on tooth cavities and how to cure them. the answer is to eat all whole foods diet. his research found that communities with no mouth hygiene, never brushed in their life, constantly had food smeared on their teeth and had 1 cavity in 100 teeth only.
Allytta Allytta 7 years
if i brush too closely together, like at 1am and then 7am again it's too harsh on my gums, i can't imagine what would happen if i did it after each meal, i'd be in constant pain. and i use soft brush and apply as little pressure as possible.
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 7 years
Maybe a good middle ground is to mouthwash after each meal instead of brushing...? It might be a good way to clear out any sugars/acids/etc. that can damage the teeth without rubbing away the enamel or promoting receding gums.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Twice a day. I used to brush 3-4 times until I heard it's not good on your teeth.
juicebox07 juicebox07 7 years
I brush twice a day, but I'm still getting all kinds of cavities. The problem is I'm always eating or drinking.
darc5204 darc5204 7 years
Like chloe bella, I also remember hearing that it's bad to brush right after soda and coffee. Also, dental issues are somewhat genetic which is why some people can brush less and get better results. I'm certainly not going to start brushing at work; it's just not necessary for me.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Similar to what Anonymous #1 said, I thought I remembered a post on here a while back saying that it's bad to brush your teeth after coffee, because the acid combined with brushing strips your enamel.
TheLittleMonster TheLittleMonster 7 years
Della, I'm the opposite. I bring a toothbrush to work and brush after every meal, floss 1-2 times a day and have too many cavities to mention.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
Yeah, I thought the same as anon. I thought 3x a day max.
DellaBella DellaBella 7 years
I've always only brushed once a day (in the morning) and I've never had a cavity or any problems. The more I brush my teeth, the more sensitive they get to cold foods.
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