Is Brushing Your Teeth Once a Day Enough?

When it comes to brushing your teeth, two times a day for two minutes is the standard rule. The ideal times to brush are first thing in the morning before you’ve had your breakfast or that first sip of coffee, and last thing at night just before bed about an hour after eating. But is brushing twice a day really necessary? Let’s find out if brushing your teeth once a day is enough!

Quality Matters More Than Quantity

The quality of your brushing technique absolutely matters over the quantity [1]. You could
brush your teeth several times a day, but if you do a poor job each time and don’t brush all the surfaces of all your teeth, there’s not much point. That being said, if you gave your teeth one excellent brushing each day, this is great, but it still may not be enough to completely protect your teeth from the negative effects of plaque and bacteria.

Plaque Forms in Just 12 Hours

Plaque, the sticky, clear substance that you can feel on your tooth surfaces, can be detected between 12 and 24 hours after brushing your teeth [2]. This means you could chance it and wait 24 hours between teeth brushings, but if there’s plaque on your teeth after just 12 hours, that’s an additional 12 hours that the plaque is sitting on teeth and affecting your tooth enamel. If plaque isn’t regularly removed, gum inflammation can happen after just five days, and gingivitis after just two to three weeks!

Brushing Twice a Day Is Ideal

Brushing your teeth twice a day is ideal and gives you your best chance to remove plaque and bacteria from your smile, particularly at two important times:

1. After you wake up, when your mouth has been a little more dry than normal all night and bacteria are at their worst.

2. Before going to bed at night, when you’ve been eating and drinking things all day that have led to the accumulation of sticky plaque on your teeth.

The American Dental Association still recommends to brush twice a day for your brushing habits to have the most effect on your smile and keep your teeth and gums healthy [3].

How Often Do You Brush Your Teeth?

Giving your teeth a quality brushing two times a day is your best bet to keep your smile healthy and protect your teeth from cavities and gum disease. How often do you brush your teeth? Try your best to get those two brushings in each day for a healthy and beautiful smile!


Dr. Karan Kamboh
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Dr. Karan Kamboh
How often do you brush your teeth? Try your best to get those two brushings in each day for a healthy and beautiful smile!
Lansdowne Dental Associates