How Long is the Right Amount of Time to Brush?

Posted on 3/15/2020 by Karl Olson
How Long is the Right Amount of Time to Brush?You may brush and floss your teeth every single day, but are you getting the most out of your cleaning time? Many people don't realize they should be brushing their teeth for a certain amount of time. Brushing the right amount of time ensures that your teeth get a thorough cleaning. It also means the bacteria in your mouth have less of a chance to grow.

Bacterial growth inside your mouth causes all kinds of dental issues. From tooth decay to gum disease, bacteria in your mouth are too blame. Properly brushing your teeth is one step towards elimination these bacteria. However, you may be missing some of them if you don't brush long enough. To clean your teeth thoroughly, you should brush your teeth for 2 minutes.

How Do I Brush My Teeth Properly?

Besides brushing your teeth for 2 minutes, there are other steps you can take to ensure a healthy mouth. First, you should try to reach your back molars. Many people forget about the teeth way back in their mouth, but it's worth taking the extra effort to brush them. These teeth come in contact with the most food so brushing them well is important. Second, you should hold your brush at a 45 degree angle while brushing. This will help you hit all the spots in your mouth that have bacteria. Finally, brush your teeth the same way every day. Forming a pattern will help you make sure you get all of your teeth every time you brush.

Brushing alone isn't enough to stop tooth decay and gum disease. No matter how well you brush, some bacteria will be left over. To remove this bacteria, you'll need to come see us. We'll perform a teeth cleaning to make sure your mouth is free of bacteria. Call our office today to set up an appointment.

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