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How Long Should I Brush My Teeth? June 17, 2020

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How Long Should I Brush My Teeth?, Huntington, New York

Brushing your teeth is a key habit for maintaining good oral health and preventing unexpected visits to the dentist. Not only does regular brushing help prevent cavities, but it also reduces tartar build-up and tooth decay while promoting fresh breath and a brighter smile. However, to clean your teeth effectively, it’s important not to rush. Here’s an overview of how to optimize the process.   

How Long to Brush

Dentists recommend brushing your teeth for two full minutes, twice daily. Studies show that individuals who brush for less than 45 seconds remove 55% less plaque than those who brush for two minutes or more.

dentistThoroughly brushing for this amount of time helps remove food debris, plaque, and bacteria from the surface of your teeth and the interior of your mouth, including your cheeks, gums, and tongue. As a result, you’ll reduce your risk of tooth erosion and sensitivity, gingivitis, and toothaches.   

How to Maximize Your Efforts

To get the most out of regular brushing, place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to remove tartar that builds up beneath the gum line. Also, use a soft-bristled toothbrush, as this option is gentle on your teeth and gums while remaining effective. Fluoridated toothpaste is also recommended since fluoride is essential to protecting your enamel and reducing plaque.

Use a light back-and-forth motion on chewing surfaces, such as your molars, to remove food particles and plaque. Also, avoid rinsing your mouth directly after brushing. Leaving the residual toothpaste allows the fluoride to penetrate your teeth and protect against tooth decay.

To help make the time pass, especially for children, consider playing your favorite song or using a toothbrush timer while you brush. Finally, clean between your teeth with dental floss before brushing; this will prevent bad breath, reduce bacteria, and loosen food debris, making the brushing process more effective. 

 

Maintain a healthy smile by visiting the caring and patient-focused team at Dental Arts in Huntington Station, NY. With over a decade of experience in Nassau and Suffolk counties, their team provides a variety of dental services, including X-rays, teeth cleanings, and fillings, in a comfortable environment. Contact them today at (631) 591-9200 to schedule an appointment with a dentist, or visit them online to learn more about their services. 

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