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how many times a day should you brush your teeth? and is mouthwash bad for your teeth?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience Family Medicine
Brushing teeth: Ideally one should brush after every meal. If that's not practical, at least rinse mouth thoroughly after eating. Recent studies suggest one should wait 30-60 minutes after eating before brushing as immediate brushing may increase effect of acids on enamel. Rinsing is recommended until one brushes. Sugary mouthwashes may attack enamel.
Answered on Dec 13, 2018
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Dr. Wayne Roccia
16 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
3 is enough: Brushing your teeth more than 3-4 times per day can cause damage to your teeth called tooth brush abrasion. Also mouth wash with high concentrations of alcohol can cause irriation to the cells in your mouth if used too frequently.
Answered on Dec 13, 2018
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Dr. Lindsey Wolfer
42 years experience Dentistry
Everytime you eat: Brushing after you eat reduces the chance for cavities. If you can't brush, rinse with water. The type of mouth wash matters, but generally no.
Answered on Jul 5, 2012
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Dr. Daniel Wolter
29 years experience Dentistry
At least 2 x per day: For most people, brushing/flossing twice a day is adequate. However, many people can benefit from brushing more than that. Once a day, unfortunately, is usually not enough. Mouthwash can feel good and give you fresh breath--and kill some bacteria--but it does not remove plaque from around your teeth. Therefore, it is never a substitute for brushing/flossing. Some people are sensitive to mouthwash.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
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Oral hygiene: Great job !

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