Most hygiene habits differ from person to person. For instance, some people wash their hair every day and some wash their hair once a week. Others may floss their teeth every day and others never do. The list goes on and on. With this in mind, does it mean not every person needs to brush their teeth every day? To find out the truth as to how often we should be brushing our teeth, I asked Dr. Kourosh Maddahi, DDS, cosmetic dentist and best-selling author.
“Every time one eats, bacteria in the mouth will use the food to grow. The growth will show up as plaque on the teeth. The main reason for brushing is the mechanical removal of the plaque (bacteria) off of the teeth. As long as one is using a soft toothbrush and is brushing properly, circular and up and down motion not back and forth in a scrubbing fashion, brushing after every meal can go a long way toward removal of plaque and oral health,” said Dr. Maddahi.
He also recommends using a non-whitening toothpaste when brushing teeth after meals because it’s not as abrasive as whitening toothpaste. Dr. Maddahi says it’s better to only use whitening toothpaste at night because if it’s “used more than once a day, there can be a loss of enamel and increased sensitivity.”
Bottom line: you should be brushing your teeth after every meal.