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how many times a day shoud brush teeth?

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Dr. James Andrea
Dentistry 34 years experience
Floss more: Brushing is important but flossing rules. If you brush well ...2-3 minutes gentle and thorough you can do it once every two days but you need to floss every day. More brushing and flossing if you are susceptible to decay or have a systemic disease like diabetes or are older or not getting proper nutrition. Like so many things, life and genetics are not fair look at the tissue color if it's red.
Dr. Robert Isaacs
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Twice: Twice a day is generally considered to be often enough in the average person as that is enough to prevent plaque formation.
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 51 years experience
Brush teeth: Brush teeth in the morning to remove plaque that has formed overnight, and brush and floss before bedtime ( no eating after brushing). There is no reason not to brush more often. For an all-day cleaner and fresher mouth, also brush after lunch or after all meals.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Brushing not enough: Important that you brush 2x/day for at least 2 full minutes by the clock. Most adults brush less that a minute, which means they're missing a lot. More frequent brushing not harmful. Remember to brush gently but thoroughly...Don't scrub hard. Do this and your teeth will be about 70% clean. To reach 100% you have to floss or water-pik daily between teeth where toothbrush doesn't reach.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
At least 2X: Best if can brush and floss after every time you eat...But a minimum of 2 times. Most important is before you go to bed.

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How many times do I need to brush my teeth per day?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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At least twice: Once in the morning after breakfast and once at night before you go to bed. Some people will brush three times, but that is a personal preference.
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Dr. Neil McLeod commented
Prosthodontics 49 years experience
Hello Ted, There has been a shift in the thinking about when is the best time to brush. The new research out of Australia strongly suggests that we are better to of to wait for the saliva to reconstitute the etched layer of the enamel preventing progressing thinning of the enamel layer. What do you think about that? Cheers Neil
Dec 16, 2012

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