• Red & Black Staff

Why and when you should brush your teeth

Updated: Apr 10, 2019

By Ciera Harrell

The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.

When you brush your teeth, you help remove food and plaque from your teeth.

Plaque is a sticky white film that forms on your teeth and contains bacteria.

After you eat a meal or snack that contains sugar, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel.

When you choose to brush your teeth, you should also keep your diet in mind. If you are going to drink or eat something acidic you should brush your teeth beforehand.

The acids you eat or drink can weaken tooth enamel, and brushing too soon can remove enamel.

According to Friedman Dental Group, "When you do not brush your teeth on a daily basis, then there is a thing called Tartar that attaches itself to your teeth and it does not go away. The only way you can get rid of it is by scrapping your teeth and that is done by your dentist."

In addition to brushing your teeth, the American Dental Association recommends that you floss daily, drink plenty of water, eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks, replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are irregular or frayed and schedule regular dental checkups.