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One Minute or Two? How Long Should You Brush?


Posted on 7/20/2016 by Dr. Thomas Young
A woman brushing her teeth.If you are looking to improve your oral hygiene habits, then you might be wondering about what the right amount of time to brush your teeth is and you should be. Proper oral hygiene is essential if you wish to keep your teeth healthy and strong for the duration of your life.

Not only that, but research has shown that a healthy mouth leads to a more healthy body. Conversely, an unhealthy mouth can contribute to many chronic illnesses.

So, which is it, one minute or two? Or, could it be even longer - perhaps three or four minutes? Most dentists agree that two minutes is an adequate amount of time to brush your teeth.

They also seem to be in agreeance that one minute is not near long enough to properly clean your teeth and that three minutes is a bit too long. This is especially true for children. These days you can even purchase toothbrushes that have a timer built right in. So, this way you know exactly when to stop.

Are You Brushing Right?


Yes, it is important to make sure that you are brushing your teeth long enough, for the recommended two minutes. However, it is also important to make sure that you are brushing your teeth the right way. Do you know the right way to brush your teeth?

When brushing you should always be sure to apply the right amount of pressure, not too much and not too little. In small circular motions, gently brush all of the surface area of each tooth, including the backs. Brushing too long may not be an issue, but brushing too hard is definitely something to be on the lookout for!

If you need help learning the proper way to brush your teeth, contact our office and they would be glad to help you out!


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