12 doctors weighed in:
How many times a day should you brush your teeth? And is mouthwash bad for your teeth?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Wayne Roccia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
7 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Dr. Wayne Roccia
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dentistry
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dr. Daniel Wolter
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Dr. Lindsey Wolfer
Dentistry
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Lindsey Wolfer
Dr. Lindsey Wolfer
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