You only have one set of teeth, and if you want to keep them healthy and attractive you are probably a stickler when it comes to keeping up a regular brushing and flossing regimen. At Ted French, DDS we wholeheartedly believe in the power of preventive dental care. Brushing and flossing regularly is a great habit, and helps to stave off the need for fillings, crowns, root canals, tooth extractions and dentures. How many times per day should you brush for optimal dental health? Many of our patients are surprised to learn that the correct answer will vary from person to person.
You Are What You Eat
Consuming certain foods and beverages require that patients brush more frequently. Sticky and gooey foods and candies, sugary syrups, red wine, dark coffees and teas all are examples of foods and drinks that you should brush your teeth immediately after consuming. For proper dental care, you will want to make sure to remove the remnants of these damaging foods and beverages right away. The more time that sticky foods stay on teeth, the more apt plaque is to form. The longer coffee, tea, red wine, and dark juices fester on teeth, the more apt they are to stain and discolor teeth. When you consume these things, brush as soon as you are finished. The same goes for smoking; if you smoke a cigarette, brush your teeth afterward to prevent staining.
You Can Wait a Bit Longer With Low-risk Foods and Beverages
For the best possible dental care, it is a good idea to brush after every meal. That is not always practical, though. If you are drinking water or milk and eating clean vegetables and fruit, you can go longer between brushings without risking your oral health.
If you are unsure about how often you should brush, the professionals with Ted French, DDS will be happy to discuss your habits and help you develop a healthy oral care strategy. Call us at (817) 461-2843 and schedule a visit