It’s generally good to brush soon after eating, to remove the bacteria that attack your teeth.
However, you may need to wait 3o minutes after a meal before brushing. For example, sodas, sports drinks and even certain types of fruits and juices contain acids that soften your tooth enamel. Brushing too soon after consuming these foods or drinks could actually remove the enamel and weaken your teeth.
Use short strokes and brush up and down your teeth. (Holding your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle is best.) Brush both outer and inner tooth surfaces, and the chewing surfaces as well. You don’t need to brush hard, so be gentle.
In addition to brushing, you should make sure to floss at least once a day to remove the food and plaque that hide in between your teeth.
To make sure you’re brushing long enough, try thinking of your mouth as four sections, then brush each section for 30 seconds. It’s a good practice to begin brushing in a different place every week, as you may get lazy towards the end. Try watching TV or listening to music while brushing to make the time go faster.
Yes. Brushing and flossing are the best things you can do to protect yourself against tooth decay and gum disease; however, only a dentist can remove the hard deposits that form on and in between your teeth.
You should have your teeth cleaned professionally at least twice a year. If you are dealing with problems affecting your oral health, more frequent cleanings may prove helpful.