Everyone is human, this is obvious, but part of being human means we are often forgetful. If you are someone that forgets to brush your teeth, then this blog could be important, because we are going to answer the question “How often should I brush my teeth?”
The American Dental Associations official statement is that you should brush your teeth twice per day and floss and use mouthwash once per day. It is also recommended that you chew sugar-free gum between meals to help reduce bacteria build up. Bacteria is what leads to cavities and gum disease. Pretty much every dentist will agree with this! You’re at home habits play a huge factor in how healthy your mouth will be, but visiting the dentist to let a professional clean your teeth at least twice per year is also important.
If you forget to brush your teeth sometimes, you aren’t alone. However, you need to ensure that this doesn’t become a habit. If you consistently forget to brush your teeth, your gums and teeth will suffer. You only get two sets of teeth in your life and you don’t want to neglect them. This will lead to problems and cost. We have some tips that will help you remember to brush your teeth.
The most important step you should take to make sure you don’t forget to brush your teeth is to add it to your daily routine. When you wake up and get dressed, always brush your teeth. This makes it easy to remember. You could also brush right after you shower, or once you get dressed. Whatever helps you create a habit. If you still forget then you should use our next tip, which is set an alarm. Use your smartphone to set an alarm for the same time every morning and evening where you know you’ll be home and brush your teeth each time it goes off. The time you brush your teeth can change based off of your daily routine but find a time that will work.
Another good way to remember is by putting your toothbrush somewhere that is obvious. The old saying “out of sight, out of mind” is accurate. If you have a toothbrush right next to your sink it is harder to forget then if you put your toothbrush inside a cupboard. If you travel a lot, or for some other reason aren’t able to take a toothbrush with you, then carry sugar-free gum, or mouthwash so that you can keep the bacteria from sitting on your teeth. This does not replace brushing since it won’t remove plaque. It is better than nothing though.
Talk to your dentist if you are having issues brushing your teeth, and they should be able to help give you strategies that will help you keep your teeth clean!