Dental hygiene depends on effective daily habits, but in addition to choosing toothpaste that’s formulated for your teeth, picking out the perfect brush, and flossing each day, you also need to think about how long you brush. There’s a sweet spot, but it comes as no surprise that most people don’t brush their teeth for nearly long enough—ideally, everyone should brush their teeth for two to three minutes, but most of us only do it for 30 seconds. Ask yourself the following questions to determine if you’re brushing long enough.
Do You Brush Every Tooth?
If the answer is no, then you’re not brushing your teeth long enough. It’s essential to brush every tooth in your head from front to back and top to bottom. Keep in mind that you can’t do that if your brushing style involves randomly scrubbing your teeth. Brush your chompers thoughtfully, moving the bristles of your toothbrush in circles over your teeth.
Do You Brush Aggressively?
Take a look at your toothbrush. How are the bristles looking these days? If they’re all spread out and squashed, then you have an aggressive brush stroke, which suggests you don’t spend enough time brushing your teeth. How could you? Your teeth probably ache after half a minute. Harsh brushing is often the reason behind bleeding gums, too.
Do You Brush at Least Twice a Day?
Just a few decades ago, dentists hammered home the importance of brushing three times a day, but that feat proved impossible for any member of the population attending work or school. Today, the recommended daily minimum is twice a day. Needless to say, brushing your teeth less than that means you definitely aren’t brushing them long enough — or often enough. Don’t forget that in addition to brushing regularly, you should floss once a day.
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