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A 45-year-old member asked:

is it important to brush your teeth twice a day or after every meal?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Sawyer
Dentistry 37 years experience
After every meal: I am sure you have heard it before, you should always bruch and floss after every meal. New studies show that it is best to wait a half an hour after you eat to brush and floss.
Dr. Richard Leaderman
Dentistry 49 years experience
Yes: It's important to brush your teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and before you go to bed. Some people like to brush after each meal but it would be better to brush before to remove the bacteria. Don't forget to floss at least ones a day.

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I brush my teeth two or three times a day and they are still yellow. What to do?

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Whitening strips: I am not a dentist, but here is what works for me. Be sure to get regular cleanings at the dentist. Avoid cola, tea and coffee. Avoid blueberries. Floss every day. Do not brush too hard or you may damage your teeth and gums. Over the counter whitening strips can help remove the yellow color. Use as directed.
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How bad is it to brush your teeth 10-20 times a day?

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Could having TMJ cause my teeth to grind during the day time?

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A 30-year-old member asked:

If i brush my teeth all day would there will be no bad consequences to that?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Consequences: You can do damage with a hard toothbrush, or brushing too often, too hard or too vigorously. You can irritate your gums and wear away your teeth. Brushing and flossing for 2 minutes total after every meal is fine.

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