Always making sure you brush for two minutes, twice a day, is very important to maintaining good oral health. But without a way of measuring time, it can be difficult to ensure you are brushing for the full two minutes. However, there are some ways you can make sure you are brushing your teeth properly every morning and night.
Good Methods to Brush Teeth for Exactly Two Minutes
Most electric toothbrushes will indicate when you have been brushing for two minutes. Often, they will buzz once every thirty seconds, and buzz twice when it has been the full two minutes. The thirty-second buzz can also be used to tell the user when to move onto another part of the mouth, as you can spend thirty seconds on each side of the two dental arches.
With a manual toothbrush, a simple timer on the phone can work to aid your brushing timings, or a more fun method can be to use a two-minute song. For children, using an egg timer is an excellent choice for timing toothbrushing, or a plastic, two-minute hourglass.
However, brushing your teeth properly for those two minutes is as important as the length of time. With an electric toothbrush, you want to allow the brush to do most of the work and assist it by moving it in circular motions across the teeth. With a manual toothbrush, you need to brush properly, making sure you are making contact with the front, back, and top of all the teeth.
If you are unsure of how to brush or floss properly, our dentists can show you good techniques to ensure you are maintaining good oral health. Talk to one of our dentists during your next check-up for advice. Flossing once a day is also vital to eliminate plaque build-up between the teeth.