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What’s Wrong with Brushing Only Once a Day?

There are so many benefits that come from having healthy teeth. If you have a healthy smile, it extends to your overall health. If you don’t properly take care of your teeth, it can result in some very negative consequences. One of the first things we learn as children is that if we want to keep our teeth healthy, we have to brush them. But how often should we be brushing our teeth?

It is recommended that you brush your teeth at home twice a day using a toothbrush with soft bristles. Unfortunately, brushing only once a day is not enough. In fact, there are many dentists who recommend that you brush your teeth or at least rinse off your mouth after you have finished eating.

Just as important as the number of times that you brush your teeth every day are the toothbrush you use and your brushing technique. You want your toothbrush to be a size that fits comfortably inside your mouth. If it is too big, you may unnecessarily damage your gums as you brush your teeth. It is also recommended that you replace your toothbrush every couple of months. This ensures that your dental hygiene routine includes a clean toothbrush with the most effective bristles.

When it comes to brushing techniques, it is recommended that you use vertical brushstrokes. You want to touch every single surface of your outer and inner teeth. Very short strokes ensure that you cover every tooth efficiently. When you brush your teeth, you will also want to brush your tongue because there is a lot of plaque and bacteria that can form on your tongue.

While brushing your teeth is very important, it is only part of the overall oral health equation. You will also need to floss your teeth on a daily basis, and it is recommended that you make frequent dental visits. Having your child visit our dentist at least twice a year gives us the information we need to examine the quality of their teeth and provide any preventative care. At the same time, our dentist can do a more complete cleaning and evaluate how well your child is cleaning his or her teeth.

Another nice thing about visiting our office is that we can provide you with information and answers to your questions concerning your child’s dental health. Ask our trusted pediatric dentist about proper brushing techniques for your child at Ashburn Children’s Dentistry. Contact our office in Ashburn to schedule your first appointment and ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth for your child.