Daily Oral Hygiene
Daily oral hygiene is a simple approach to preserving the health of your teeth and gums.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you brush twice a day and floss every day.
Brushing twice a day helps remove plaque from your teeth and minimizes damage from excessive tooth brushing and abrasive toothpastes. You should use a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride is bad for oral bacteria and it is a catalyst for tooth enamel to take minerals from your saliva. This repairs your teeth and protects them from future decay. Use a low abrasive toothpaste to minimize damage to your enamel. Brush gently to avoid damaging your gums. Aggressive tooth brushing is a leading cause of receding gums.
If you want to brush more often, you can, but don’t use toothpaste more than twice a day. Flossing is critical for removing plaque that your toothbrush can’t reach. Get floss between your teeth and below the gum line.
If your teeth are sensitive to brushing or flossing at first, talk to your dentist about it. Most often, this is a sign of early disease, and further treatment will improve the situation.