How Long Should I Brush My Teeth?

It’s easy to get into a routine when you brush your teeth, but have you ever wondered if you’re spending enough time on this important task?

How long should you brush your teeth?

You should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time to make sure you’re removing enough plaque. It can help to set a timer for this amount of time since most people only brush for about 45 seconds. 

What are the best practices for brushing teeth?

It’s best to hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Use short strokes and gentle pressure to move your toothbrush along the outer surfaces of your upper and then lower teeth. Do the same with the inner surfaces of your teeth but hold your toothbrush vertically and brush up and down. Brush the chewing surfaces using a back-and-forth motion and brush your tongue by moving your toothbrush from front to back.

Is it okay to brush teeth once a day?

Brushing your teeth only once a day allows harmful bacteria to quickly build up in your mouth or in between teeth. 

Should I floss before or after I brush my teeth?

There’s not a strong consensus either way on whether you should floss before or after you brush your teeth. The important thing is that you floss and brush thoroughly. 

Is brushing your teeth 3 times a day too much?

It’s OK to brush your teeth 3 times a day if you’d like. Whether you brush 2 or 3 times a day, it’s important to not apply too much pressure. This can damage the enamel and gum tissue, which can make your teeth more sensitive. 

What happens if you don’t brush your teeth in the morning?

As you sleep, your body produces less saliva, making it easier for bacteria in your mouth to multiply without getting rinsed away. If you don’t brush your teeth in the morning, the bacteria have a chance to multiply and eat away at the enamel in your teeth.

What should you do if you can’t brush your teeth?

If you’re in a situation where you can’t brush your teeth, you can rinse your mouth with water and swish it around. 

To be more thorough, wash your hands and rub across your teeth and gums with your wet finger. Then wrap a wet paper towel around your fingers and rub it over your teeth. Rinse well and swish water around in your mouth.

How long should I wait before brushing my teeth after eating?

In general, you should brush your teeth as soon as possible after eating. But if you eat acidic foods, like oranges or grapefruits, you should wait at least 30 minutes before brushing since your enamel can become temporarily weakened.

Is it harmful to brush teeth without mouthwash? 

A bacteria-fighting mouthwash can help prevent gum disease, and one that prevents fluoride can help prevent tooth decay. However, it’s not harmful to brush your teeth without using mouthwash. 

What is the best way to clean teeth?

Brushing for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and soft-bristled toothbrush is recommended. You should also floss once a day and talk to your dentist about which type of mouthwash he or she recommends for your needs.

To find out more about how to improve your at-home dental care, make an appointment today with Cedar Mountain Dental of Newington, CT.