Proper oral care is vital to maintaining a sparkling smile and overall health, but how will you know you’re taking care of your oral hygiene? Our team is here to answer all your questions about brushing your teeth, including how long you need to brush, how to tell if your teeth are clean and typical techniques to do a thorough cleaning.
It is so important to make sure you are brushing your teeth for a full two minutes to make sure you are properly cleaning your mouth. This may feel like a long time but we recommend finding ways to entertain yourself so this goes by quickly. You can use a timer to make it a bit more fun or put on your favorite song! Most electric toothbrushes even have automatic timers to encourage dedicating two minutes to brushing.
Brushing for longer than two minutes is not harmful, as long as you’re using firm but gentle pressure. Using too much pressure can damage enamel and gum tissue, leading to tooth sensitivity and irritated gums. Try brushing with your non-dominant hand to realize the difference in the amount of pressure on your teeth.
Our team loves the Sonicare Toothbrush. Philips Sonicare’s advanced technology pulses fluid between the teeth and along with the gum-line whilst sonic brush strokes gently and effectively remove plaque to improve gum health. These toothbrushes also come with an automatic timer which will make it very easy for you to meet that 2 min mark while brushing!
Combined with the brushing technique, you need the correct tools to make sure you are practicing proper oral hygiene. Once you have the perfect toothbrush, make sure you have your floss, tongue scrubber, toothpaste, and mouthwash.
Pro Tip: It’s essential to replace your toothbrush every three to four months to make sure you are keeping your mouth clean and healthy.
Two minutes may not cut it if you’re not brushing correctly. All surfaces of your teeth should be clean and free from debris so be sure to check your teeth when finished brushing. Remember to use short strokes, moving back and forth against the teeth and gums, on every tooth. Reach behind the front teeth and your back molars too. Also, cleaning between your teeth is just as important as brushing.
If you’re not reaching these narrow areas or using an interdental brush, floss, or water flossers, if you notice more plaque buildup or bleeding gums, you may not be cleaning your teeth well enough. Be sure to talk to our amazing dental hygienists at your next appointment to ask any questions. Our team will be sure to let you know if you’re not brushing or flossing enough.