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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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