You know that you should brush your teeth every day, but do you know when the best time to brush is? Or how often you should brush? Similarly, do you ever wonder if you should brush or floss first? Today, our team at Smiles for Centreville is happy to address questions like these.
Most dentists recommend that you brush twice a day for two minutes at a time. When you brush isn’t really important, though usually sometime after you wake up and before you go to bed. You see, plaque usually takes 24 hours to harden, and after it’s hardened, you’ll have to visit a dentist to remove it. This means that brushing twice a day will give you two opportunities to remove harmful plaque before it can cause a problem.
When it comes to brushing and eating, it doesn’t really matter what you do first. For the most part, this is completely a matter of personal preference. Naturally, many people choose not to brush before they eat because their toothpaste will affect the taste of their food. Instead, most people choose to brush after they’ve eaten something—though if you decide to do this, please be cautious. After you eat, the hard outer layer of your teeth will be weakened ad brushing could actually damage your smile. If you brush after you eat, please remember to wait for at least half an hour. After you eat, your teeth will be in a weakened state for half an hour. If you brush you could actually damage your pearly whites.
Finally, some people disagree over whether brushing or flossing should come first. Some claim that brushing first is better because floss can spread fluoride from your toothpaste into hard-to-reach areas. Others argue that flossing first is better because it will dislodge plaque and let you clean your teeth more thoroughly. Really, the issue is simply a matter of preference.
If you would like to earn more, or are interested in scheduling an appointment with Drs. Hutchison, Gorman, or Mooney, please feel free to contact us soon. We’re excited to hear from you at 703-830-9110.