Toothbrushing Mistake # 3 “Not brushing often or long enough”
November 04th, 2013
The most common brushing mistake is not brushing often enough or long enough. Most people think that brushing teeth is good enough even if it only takes 30 seconds to one minute of their time. The breaking news is that brushing the teeth properly should take at least two minutes of your time.
Brushing your teeth for three minutes is even better. Hence, dentists recommend using a timer when brushing teeth in order to ensure that enough time is allocated cleaning them. Allocating at least 30 seconds for each quadrant of your mouth is best practice to ensure that all areas get enough time to be cleaned. According to Michael Sesemann, DDS (president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and an Omaha dentist), most people fall short of this timeline.
Sesemann also recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day but brushing them three times daily is better since plaque builds up over the time intervals of brushing. In addition, to make the two-minute brushing time bearable for those who are not used to brushing their teeth long enough, multitasking can help take your mind off brushing. Watching television or reading the paper are just some examples of the other things you could do whilst brushing your teeth.
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