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How Often Should You Brush Your Teeth

Updated on June 20, 2012

Women does it better than men. Teeth should be brushed at least twice a day or after every meal. Brush your teeth before you go to bed and after you get off the bed in the morning.

A daily routine of brushing and regular dental checkups is enough to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

You should brush your teeth well for no less than three minutes and your brush should be replaced at least once every three months.

And I wonder, should the teeth of other animals like cats, dogs and horses be brushed?

In the distant past, people used to brush their teeth using baking soda. Today there are many books on frugality and many of these books will mention that brushing your teeth with baking soda is money saving tip. A box of baking soda costs just a few cents. You can get a thousand brushes out of this box which will translate to less than a penny to brush one time.

But how do you brush teeth using baking soda?

1. You can create a paste from the baking soda by mixing the baking soda with a little water until you get a paste-like fluid.

2. You can put the baking soda powder directly on your brush and just start brushing and your saliva will create the paste.

The baking soda has kind of a salty taste, so it is not as a refreshing as your mint toothpaste. It is also abrasive making it an awesome cleaner. You will have to contend with small cuts here and there as baking soda is too abrasive if you are not used to it.

When you are done brushing, your teeth will feel squeaky clean - like you have just come back from the dentist. With only a few brushes, you should notice that your teeth are a little bit whiter than usual. Great! You will not only feel your mouth to be dentist clean but your teeth will be whiter. And not only will you save money on toothpaste but you will save money on teeth whitening products.

You can add a little mint extract to your baking soda so that your mouth can feel fresh and eliminate the halitosis that brushing with baking soda causes. This may take time to prepare every time you want to brush.

But seriously though, this may sound like a crude method of brushing your teeth but it is by far much better than not. We have people out there who go to great length of brushing teeth of their dear pets. But did you know that more than 75 per cent of the planet earth's population does not brush their teeth regularly?


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      8 years ago

      Back where I come from we use baking soda to clean our nails too. You will find this very useful.

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      Crazy Dude 

      9 years ago

      I might believe 75 % is true, cause i was one. Like how this saying goes No Pain No Gain so yea i had a pretty bad toothache last month rushed to a dentist after a week and did everything i could. Here i am one month later keeping my teeth safe. To those guys who might face toothache in the future please if you have money just frigging go to a dentist no matter how busy you are and to those who have financial problem there are always cheaper solution to cool the pain good luck holding it ,to those who have yet to face it do not laugh at others who are facing it and take care of your tooth before you go through hell. [Baking Soda, Gotta try it.]

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      San Diego Orthodontists 

      10 years ago

      Some of us, frankly, are too lazy to brush their teeth especially at night and this should be stopped. Our bad habits with our hygiene is one of the reasons why we have to go to the dentist or orthodontist. It may seem easy to just go to the sink and brush your teeth after meals or before going to bed but most of us tend to neglect this. If we do not want to end up spending a lot on oral hygiene, let us start by simply brushing our teeth properly and frequently as we should.

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      10 years ago from ASIA

      thanx for the great hub. i was really scared of brushing with baking soda....but after reading the comments i am convinced.

      read my hubs too they also have to do with food and health etc. enjoy.

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      11 years ago

      Not brushing your teeth regularly can also cause heart heart disease. There is much bacteria in your mouth, and more gets in when you don't brush. These bacteria can get into your bloodstream and cause blood clots. This can go further into heart diseases.

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      11 years ago

      i have used baking soda as part of my teeth brushing routine i use colgate toothpaste and i use baking soda about 3 times a week i also use it as a mouthwash (baking soda a teaspoon full in some water) works wonders esp after spicy or strong garlicy foods

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      11 years ago

      My mom and sister have been using baking soda for many years, though along with toothpaste. It is a great whitener and makes your teeth sparkle.

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      11 years ago

      This is good info. just remember too much toothpaste really is bad for us...we enhale, swallow, and absorb way to many toxins-ie one is toothpaste :(

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      11 years ago

      i never brush my teeth cause it is stupid

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      White Teeth 

      11 years ago

      That's sounds great i will have to try it... I have a blog that I review a product that has worked great for me. Visit my blog a read my white teeth story.

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      11 years ago

      Brushing too often can wear down the enamel of the teeth. Baking soda is way too abrasive to use as a regular toothpaste. I think you're safer brushing with fine salt as it dissolves quicker.

      One should brush twice a day with a soft brush.

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      Teeth Whitening Review 

      12 years ago

      People at our blog are saying that zoom can be painful if you have sensitive teeth! Beware!....Whatever you do, brushing systems don't cut it. You absolutely need to use trays like they do at dentist offices.

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      Chef Jeff 

      12 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

      At school I had my tooth-cleaning kit in my desk. I have another in my car. I am not a fanatic, but I do recognize that if my teeth are happy, I am also happy, and if my teeth are miserable, so am I!

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      The Poop Poop Report 

      12 years ago

      This task should be done 2 times everyday Morning and Night before bed. Floss at night just before you brush your teeth. Then BRUSH! Rinse with hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria and whiten your teeth. Floss once every 24 hours.

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      Health Conscious 

      12 years ago from South Florida - USA

      Great hub,

      Hygiene is always important especially for teeth.

      Your baking soda is a whole lot better than fluoride toothpaste.

      Fluoride is one of the most toxic chemicals known to man and even in small quantities has been linked to health problems. Look at the warning on the tube, most people are surprised.


      there is a lot of new evidence that diets which are low in probiotics can also cause oral problems. These beneficial bacteria are vital in fighting the harmful types which cause most of the decay.

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      12 years ago

      your Site is nice . For more coverage submit your stories in

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      12 years ago

      Washing twice or thrice your teeth is good for hygeine and sparkling effect and lot of TV ads recommend using different toothpaste but I think decay of teeth is governed by the genetic make up of a person. I have seen people cleaning there teeth several time even they have problems.

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      12 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      You're right. I brush my teeth, at least three times a day -- better, if after every meals. And that thing about baking soda is not new to me, as a matter of fact, I use it alternately with my regular toothpaste to add that sparkling white effect on my teeth!

      Here's more, my husband and I, as well as our teenage girls use baking soda for the face, too! Its been researched that a pinch of baking soda can act as your exfoliant, at the same time a whitening kind of face wash too! But my derma does not recommend using it for the face daily. Only twice or thrice a week at most. The rest of the week, you can use your regular facial wash.

      There! to a cleaner, smoother, whiter teeth and face!


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