Should You Brush Once or Twice a Day?

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We usually try to teach our kids to brush their teeth twice a day to avoid gum disease and tooth decay. However, as kids get older, they might get lazier about brushing their teeth and maybe end up only brushing once a day. Some adults are also guilty of this behavior and don’t stop to consider how their dental habits could affect their dental health. Here are a few reasons why you’ll want to stick with brushing twice a day instead of just once in the morning.

When you don’t brush your teeth, plaque begins to develop and harden on your teeth. This sticky, fuzzy grime builds up within 24 hours and the only way to disrupt the growth is by brushing your teeth. Brushing once a day, such as in the morning when you get up, will at minimum keep the plaque at bay. In turn, you’ll be able to minimize your risk of developing gum disease, which is caused by the build-up of plaque infecting your gum line. One symptom of gum disease is bleeding gums, so if you see blood in the sink, you may want to up your brushing game.

Cavities, on the other hand, will be difficult to avoid if you’re only brushing once a day. Cavities form due to tooth decay. Teeth decay occurs when food is left behind on your teeth. Bacteria break down this food and create acids. In combination with your saliva and other food debris, your teeth eventually build up plaque. This plaque dissolves the enamel and creates holes in your teeth. Brushing once in the morning and once at night will stop the bacteria and growth of plaque. In addition, the plaque and extra food debris are the culprits of bad breath. Brush your teeth twice a day and you’ll be able to avoid these dental hygiene problems.

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