Protecting Your Kids’ Dental Health at Every Age
As a parent, we know your top priority is ensuring your children's health and well-being. While you may already have a good handle on their physical health, it is important...
We all know to always brush our teeth twice a day for healthy teeth and gums. But how long should you be brushing your teeth each time? The length of time you brush can be just as important as how often you brush.
Brushing your teeth helps keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. It can also keep your breath fresh. In addition, good dental hygiene is linked to overall good health.
Brushing your teeth removes small particles of food and microbes which collect on the surface of our teeth to form what we refer to commonly as plaque. Excessive plaque can not only be unsightly but can lead to a variety of problems, including inflammation, gingivitis, and tooth decay. The amount of time spent brushing is linked directly to the amount of plaque removed from the surface of teeth.
So how long should you spend brushing your teeth each day to successfully prevent plaque accumulation? Most dentists recommend brushing twice per day for at least 2 minutes. This advice has been around as the standard for many decades and is based on studies done in the 1970s.
Some more recent evidence suggests that brushing for longer, up to 3-4 minutes each time you brush, might be better for removing plaque from tooth and gum surfaces. If you use good technique, brushing for at least 2 minutes should be effective, although brushing for slightly longer might be ideal.
It is conceivable that you could brush too often and damage tooth enamel. However, this is rare since most people overestimate brushing time. This can be a bigger concern if you brush too rigorously and with a harder-bristled brush. To find that happy medium, most dentists recommend brushing 2-3 times per day for between 2-3 minutes.
It is a good idea to get in the habit of brushing your teeth for at least 2-3 minutes. Recent studies have shown most people significantly underestimate the amount of time they spend brushing by as much as 50%. Timing yourself is a smart way to make sure you are effectively brushing your teeth
Time and frequency isn’t the only thing that results in effective tooth brushing. There are a few other things you can do to make the most of your 2 minutes twice a day!