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  • 12 June 2015

  • Family dentistry

When should I brush my teeth?

This might seem like a silly question. You’ve been told over and over, by your dentist, your hygienist, and even your mother! Brush your teeth at least twice a day. And don’t forget to floss!

However, too many people brush their teeth at random times. Brushing your teeth when you get up, before you eat breakfast, for example, is not the best time.  You must brush your teeth immediately after meals for it to be beneficial. Brush thoroughly and regularly. Brushing is the main way to prevent cavities and gum disease, so don’t neglect this important part of your personal hygiene regimen.

It’s a habit that’s quick to develop and that will only benefit you in the end. Keep a toothbrush and floss at work, in the car and in your gym bag, so you can keep up your good habits even when you’re not at home.

Instructions from the dentist 2.0

There are a few tooth-brushing smartphone apps for adults, but there are plenty for children. Children who brush properly earn virtual rewards—a great way to make dental care fun.

This article was written in collaboration with  Julie Plamondon, dental su rgeon.