Has anyone ever told you that you should brush and floss every day? Has anyone ever heard when you should brush and floss—or even if you should brush or floss first? Similarly, do you ever wonder how long you should brush or how many times a day? Today, our team at Riverfront Dental LLC will be addressing these types of questions.
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.
Similarly, it doesn’t really matter if you brush or eat first. However, some people don’t like to brush before they eat because toothpaste can alter with the flavor of their food. However, 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 Dr. Scott Howe, please feel free to contact us soon. We’re excited to hear from you at 503.370.7651.