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Should I Brush My Teeth More Often?

Posted on 3/15/2024 by Weo Admin
An electric toothbrushAll dentists recommend that children and adults brush their teeth twice daily to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. However, brushing and flossing teeth more often is extremely beneficial for some people. Here are some examples of people who need to brush their teeth frequently.

People With Braces or Clear Aligners

If you are currently undergoing orthodontic work, you will want to brush your teeth after each meal or snack. If you have braces, it is especially important you keep the brackets and wires clean because bacteria and plaque accumulate more quickly on braces. Also, flossing with braces can be difficult, so be sure to ask our dentist or orthodontist about the best way to floss with braces. Brushing and flossing with aligners is much easier but also very important. You simply remove the clear aligners to brush and floss.

People With Gum Disease

Whether you have Stage One gum disease, gingivitis, or a more serious stage, periodontitis, the more frequently you brush, the better you can help our dentists keep your gums as healthy as possible. Gum disease can break the seal between your teeth and gums. These spaces are called pockets. The pockets are where food debris and infection can lie and make gum disease worse. If you brush and floss your teeth every time you eat, you are removing food particles from those gum pockets. People with gum disease who frequently brush and floss, as well as visit your periodontist and our dentist regularly, can help keep gum disease in remission.

People With Halitosis

If you fight chronic bad breath frequently, one of the best things you can do to keep your halitosis under control is to brush and floss after each meal. By brushing and flossing, you can brush away extra food that contributes to bacterial growth, which is one of the causes of bad breath. You also increase the amount of saliva in your mouth, which helps decrease bad bacteria.

Do you have questions about tooth brushing or flossing? We can help! Why not give our office a call today?

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