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Question
When should we brush our teeth : when we wake up ?  after each meal ? after eating ? before bed ?

After eating, should we brush our teeth right away or should we wait some time first ?

I normally don't eat breakfast. If I don't eat between meals, and brush my teeth when I wake up, after lunch, after dinner and before bed, that would be brushing teeth four times a day. Is this too much and will this cause harm to my tooth enamel and gums ?

Apart from brushing our teeth, do we have to brush our gums and tongues as well ?

Answer
Dorothy -  Tooth brushing should occur, at least, every morning after breakfast and before bedtime.  Additional brushing does not hurt and could accentuate a cleaner mouth.  

When brushing in the morning right after eating brushing is important.

Brushing 4 times is too much. The morning and at night is best.

Brushing gums is a no no, but brushing of the tongue hen the teeth are brushed is important.

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