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How Long Should an Adult Brush Their Teeth?

Posted on 9/10/2018 by Doctor Schwei
How Long Should an Adult Brush Their Teeth?One of the most common mistakes people make when brushing their teeth is not brushing for long enough. Many do not know how long they should brush their teeth for. Learning how long and how to use the time is an important part of good oral hygiene habits.

The Answer
The recommended amount of time for brushing the teeth is two minutes. The full two minutes are for brushing the teeth, gums and tongue. It does not include the amount of time spent putting toothpaste on the toothbrush or rinsing the mouth out after brushing.

More than Just Two Minutes
Saying that brushing the teeth for two minutes is enough is only part of the answer. It is also about how you use the two minutes. The key to effectively brushing teeth is the technique you use. Some people estimate how long two minutes is. It is better to have a way to time yourself while brushing your teeth.

There are several ways to do this:

•  Find a Song - There are many songs that last around two minutes. Sing to yourself as you brush your teeth to help brush long enough.
•  Use a Timer - Phones, kitchen times and hour glasses can all tell you when two minutes is up.
•  Get a Toothbrush - There are toothbrushes that can keep the time for you and let you know when the time is up.

The other problem that people have is not using the time properly. They use bad technique or fail to brush all the teeth, gums and tongue. It is not just about the time, it is the way that you brush that matters.

Good technique is when you move your brush in a circular motion around each tooth. You have to brush the front, sides and back of the teeth. You have to reach the back teeth and don't forget about the gums and the tongue. When you do these things in two minutes, you have given your teeth the cleaning they deserve.

If you have questions about this or any other dental issues, contact our office today.
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