Philadelphia area family dentist Dr. Jason Petkevis recommends that his patients brush their teeth twice per day- also the recommendation of the American Dental Association. Brushing twice per day and flossing once a day will help to keep dental health problems like gum disease and tooth decay at bay between preventive care visits.
Using the right type of brush is also important! Be sure to use a soft bristled brush to avoid irritating the sensitive gum tissue. Many patients prefer an electric toothbrush: be sure that the head has soft bristles as well.
Brush the teeth and along the gum line for approximately two minutes- twice per day. After one brushing, floss between the teeth to remove any food particles and plaque that can cause decay. Regular brushing can easily remove plaque from tooth surfaces and helps to prevent the development of disease. Rinsing daily with a fluoride rinse can also be an important part of maintaining tooth enamel and keeping teeth resistant to decay.
Visit Dr. Petkevis at Dental Distinction in Chester Springs twice per year for a thorough professional dental cleaning- this also gives him the opportunity to spot and treat any developing dental health problems.