How often should I brush my teeth?
The short answer is 2 times a day. The American Dental Association, ADA, recommends brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristle brush for at least two minutes. The goal of brushing is to stave off cavities and periodontal diseases! Daily brushing along with flossing is a critical preventive home care habit.
A proper home care regimen helps to remove food and plaque which is a sticky white film that forms on your teeth and contains bacteria which is harmful to your teeth and gums.
Having a healthy home care regimen is important. Even if your teeth and gums are healthy, it’s important to have professional cleanings twice a year too! Some patients require more frequent visits to treat existing gum diseases. Regular office cleanings ensure the removal of hard deposits on teeth that are not removed by daily tooth brushing. Our dental professionals can help you to determine cleaning needs based on your specific needs. We can also help with brushing techniques, recommendations on toothpaste and mouth wash or other products that will help to achieve a healthier mouth. By maintaining regular visits, monitoring the status of your teeth and gums is ensured, that way you’re in a much better position to head off the beginning of gum disease and other oral health problems.
Dr. Hoiland and her staff are ready to discuss your specific needs, brushing techniques and tips to achieve your oral good health. Give us a call, 612-781-9270, to get an appointment. We’re ready when you are!