Are You Brushing for 2 Minutes Twice a Day?
Richview Family Dentistry recommends brushing twice a day for 2 minutes for great oral health
The American Dental Association says you should be brushing for two minutes twice a day to boost your oral health. Science shows that if really can boost your oral health
Why brushing twice a day matters
Brushing your teeth is an important part of your dental care routine. Brushing helps remove plaque, which is a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth. The bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel. When the enamel breaks down, that’s when cavities can form.
The ADA recommends:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush.
- Replace your toothbrush every three or four months.
- Make sure to use ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.
They also recommend the proper brushing technique:
- Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums
- Gently move the brush back and forth in short strokes
- Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces and the chewing surfaces of the teeth
- To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes
Brushing is not the only way to have good oral health. Regular check-ups with your dentist and hygienist are also recommended.