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Have You Timed Yourself to See If You Brush for the Whole 2 Minutes?

Posted on 6/10/2019 by Neil Starr DDS PC
Have You Timed Yourself to See If You Brush for the Whole 2 Minutes?You've probably heard that you should spend an entire two minutes brushing your teeth, but if you're like most people, you've probably never timed yourself to see if you actually do this. After all, you may even be wondering who was crazy enough to time themselves doing this in the first place. Why would they even bother? Didn't they have something else, something better to do?

Why the 2 Minute Rule
Honestly, there's a very good reason why you should make sure you're spending an entire two minutes brushing your teeth. This is how long it takes to make sure that you're doing a thorough job when you're brushing your teeth. You want to make sure of this because you want all the food debris removed from every crack and crevice of your mouth – anywhere they could possibly be hiding. This is important because this is what leads to the buildup of plaque and bacteria on your teeth.

Brushing Your Teeth for too Long

Just like you can spend too little time brushing your teeth, it's also possible to spend too much time brushing your teeth. While too little time is bad because it's ineffective, too much time is bad because you can damage your teeth. This is why you should never brush your teeth more than three times a day for two minutes each time. If you spend more time than this brushing your teeth, you could wear out your tooth enamel and even cause damage to your gums.

How to Spend Time Brushing Your Teeth

Now that you know for sure how long to brush your teeth, make sure you know how to spend that time appropriately so you're sure to make the most of it. For more information about how long you should brush your teeth, call and talk to us today.

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