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We are instructed that brushing teeth is the foundation for good oral health. It’s true! But, if you have improper technique, it can lead to an ineffective oral hygiene routine. At best, this is a waste of your time, and at worst, it can do active damage to your smile. Here are some frequently asked questions about brushing teeth that we think may help you keep the strong and healthy smile you are going for.

-Why do I need to brush my teeth?

Brushing your teeth removes food particles, plaque and other debris from the surfaces of your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film made of live bacteria; these bacteria produce an acid which wears away at your enamel. Brushing your teeth helps prevent erosion of the tooth enamel, and makes your mouth less likely to have issues such as gum disease and bad breath.

-How often do I need to brush my teeth?

You should brush your teeth twice daily, for two minutes each time. Many people choose to brush in the morning and at night. Be cautious of brushing right after eating, however, as that will likely damage your tooth enamel. The acid in the food weakens the enamel temporarily. Wait at least 30 minutes after eating before brushing.

-What is the proper technique for brushing teeth?

Great question! First, you should never use a toothbrush that is more than three to four months old. Make sure the brush you use is a soft-bristled toothbrush, and use gentle, back-and-forth strokes to brush plaque and food away from teeth. Avoid “scrubbing”; brush for two minutes. Some people find it helpful to set a timer to ensure a thorough two-minute clean.

For more information, call America's Family Dental in Spring, Texas, at 281-528-1321. Dr. Diego Flores and our team are happy to help you!