Brushing for Just 2 Minutes Can Reduce Plaque by 80%

Everyone knows that brushing their teeth plays a major role in their overall health, but they may not be aware of the correct way to brush their teeth. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice each day; here is a quick guide to ensure you know how to do it properly.

  • Purchase the right toothbrush. Before you even begin the process of brushing your teeth, it’s important that you have the right toothbrush. The type of toothbrush you select depends on your specific needs. If you need a toothbrush mostly for removing plaque, a soft-bristled brush is best. On the other hand, if you are concerned about reaching hard-to-reach spaces, you should consider a toothbrush with a smaller head.

  • Take your time. You should spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth. This may seem like a long time – the average person usually falls short of this goal – but it is necessary ensure that your teeth are clean. If you’re worried about reaching this goal, consider investing in a toothbrush that has an automatic timer or use a stopwatch.

  • Be thorough. Tilt your toothbrush to a 45 degree angle and ensure that you are cleaning both the outer and inner surfaces of your upper and lower teeth. It is equally important to clean the chewing surfaces of your teeth, as well.

  • Be gentle. When brushing your teeth, it’s important to use short, precise strokes. This ensures that you don’t cause any trauma to your mouth and that you reach the specific areas you are trying to target. You should brush the entire surface of the tooth in a gentle back and forth motion.

  • Don’t forget your tongue. Brushing your tongue is an essential part of maintaining proper oral care. Many people often overlook this step, but it is important to both your overall oral hygiene and the freshness of your breath.

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Article compliments of Colgate and authored by AM Hopkins.  This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics.  It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advices, diagnosis or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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