No one is unaware of the importance of maintaining proper oral hygiene. Brushing teeth three times a day is an imperative that we are taught from an early age at home and at school. However, sometimes, due to the pace of life, there are those who do not comply with this premise.
The reasons for brushing your teeth are not lost on anyone. Every time we chew, food remains between our teeth. If we do not remove them, these remains decompose and end up promoting the appearance of bacteria, which in the long run can cause diseases and lesions such as caries.
When to brush your teeth?
Cleaning the teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste suitable for your profile allows us to to kill bacteria and disinfect the mouth, while preventing the appearance of bad breath. If we also rinse with a mouthwash, we will multiply the effect of brushing, achieving a superior cleaning effect. There are three times of the day when we should brush our teeth:
- Morning. The usual practice is to face the mirror after breakfast, although some people recommend brushing your teeth as soon as you get out of bed to get rid of bacteria that have been generated during the night. In the latter case, a mouth rinse after ingestion would be advisable.
- After lunch. There are still many hours left until we go to bed, so a thorough brushing after lunch is a must. If you eat at work, it would be a good idea to keep a kit with the essentials at your workstation.
- Before going to sleep. After dinner and before going to bed is another time to use the brush. It will be at least eight hours before the next oral cleaning.
What does perfect brushing look like?
Experts agree that the perfect way to perform a toothbrushing is by making vertical movements, with energy, but also carefully so as not to damage the gums. Nor should we forget the hidden side of the teeth and the surface with which we chew. It is also important to wash the tongue. We will avoid the appearance of bacteria that can cause bad breath or halitosis.
In addition, it is advisable to wait 30 minutes after eating or drinking particularly acidic or sugary foods or liquids. After half an hour, the enamel will have recovered its natural pH and we can brush our teeth without running the risk of causing microscopic cracks.
It is not good to brush your teeth too many times.
Just as it is not advisable to skip any of the 3 daily brushings, it is not advisable to brush our teeth more than 3 times a day. In doing so, we could alter the oral microflora, irritate the gums and dry the oral mucous membrane.
One last piece of advice that dentists agree on is that we should remember the importance of changing toothbrushes every 3 months. Although there are experts who recommend buying a new one even every 2 months.
If you have any other questions about oral hygiene, don’t hesitate to ask us!