If you want to maintain your pearly whites, brushing your teeth should be a daily activity. According to the NHS, you should brush your teeth twice a day; once in the morning, and once at night before bed using a fluoride toothpaste. This would amount to 14 times a week, at least.
Now the average time spent brushing should be around two minutes, which is less than half an hour a week, which should be easy to accomplish right? Wrong! In a survey by YouGov in 2017, it came to light that 3 in 10 people only brush their teeth once a day. Another alarming fact was that 68% of Brit’s don’t floss daily.
It’s incredibly important to brush AND floss your teeth daily. Brushing your teeth stops the build up of plaque, leaving you less susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay. Brushing in the morning before breakfast can remove the bacteria and acid that has built up overnight. Brushing in the evening removes all the bacteria of the food and drink you have ingested that day, failing to brush at night leaves these bacteria to feast on the leftover sugar and acids left there.
Ideally, you should brush 3 times daily, after every meal. This will minimize the growth of bacteria in your mouth throughout the day. Make sure to not brush straight after the meal though, it’s recommended that you wait an hour after eating as brushing too soon can damage your teeth and their enamel.
Remember, everyone is different, and if you are ever in doubt about how to care for your teeth, ask your dentist!
We also recommend checking out Brush DJ from the NHS Digital Apps Library. Brush DJ plays two minutes of your music so you brush your teeth for the right amount of time. The app has short videos on how to brush your teeth and how to clean in between them using an interdental brush or floss.
So, how many times do you brush your teeth a day?