Over the years, we have been given different advice about how best to look after our teeth and most people probably stick to regular habits like brushing in the morning and in the evening before bed. However, not all dentists agree that this is the best way to brush teeth and keep them healthy in the long-term.
Scientists at University College London said that there is little research into the question of good dental health practices, which leads to much confusion about how and when we should be brushing our teeth. You might think it would be fairly simple but there is a lot more to take into account than when you are brushing and how long you brush for, such as what angle and pattern of brushstrokes.
UK leading dentist Dr Richard Marques told the Independent that we should be brushing our teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and then in the evening before going to bed. He also said that you should wait at least half an hour after eating so that the tooth enamel can recover from acid damage. Finally he added that it is ‘really important’ that we brush our teeth before bed to prevent decay from food particles that are left on the surface of the tooth.