Regular brushing is vital in maintaining good oral health. It is recommended to brush after every meal to eliminate the possibility of cavities. Carbohydrates in foods and drinks feed the bacteria in the mouth, and these bacteria produce acids that can lead to dental cavities and gum disease. Brushing with a fluoride toothpaste after every meal can help reduce acid production and chances of developing dental cavities. The minimum for all patients, we advise brushing at least twice a day, especially before bedtime, since the saliva flow decreases during sleep, and any remaining food particles provide a great environment for those oral bacteria to thrive.
Here are a few things to consider when choosing a toothbrush. Be sure to use a toothbrush with round, soft nylon bristles. Toothbrushes with medium to hard bristles can be abrasive enough to damage the enamel. As far as bristle configuration, research suggests no one particular configuration is better than another for removing plaque and food particles from teeth.