How often should I brush my teeth?

You should brush your teeth at least twice daily – once in the evening after your last meal or before bed and in the morning. Of course, if your teeth feel like they need to be brushed an additional time during the day, that’s fine. As long as you are using a soft-bristled toothbrush and proper technique, brushing an extra time or two during the day will only be beneficial.

Using a soft-bristled toothbrush will protect your gum tissue and enamel. You can hold the toothbrush gently in one hand. You do not need to have a strong grasp, as it may encourage brushing too hard. It is the tips of the bristles that actually clean the teeth and pressing harder will not clean your teeth better, but it may damage your gums.

Angle the brush at a 45-degree angle toward the gumline, where plaque collects first. Be sure to brush every surface of the teeth, including the chewing surface.

Using a fluoride toothpaste will help protect enamel. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps enamel stay hard, preventing decay. A healthy diet that avoids many sugary snacks, soda (diet or regular), and energy drinks will help teeth stay decay-free.