It is amazing how critical 2 minutes are in our every day life. They are:
- the most important minutes at the beginning of a job interview when you want to make a good first impression,
- the most important for checking your heart rate and blood pressure to determine cardiovascular health.
- the critical amount of time you need to save your teeth. Just two minutes, twice a day are all it takes to keep your smile healthy.
The average American spends 30 minutes or more getting ready for work. Millennials take up to 15 minutes in the shower, alone. When you add in another 15 minutes for cofffee and breakfast in the morning, a couple more minutes are no big deal.
Here are some teeth-healthy tips on proper dental care from Fairfield Dental Associates on ways to make 2 minutes, twice a day, the most important time you can take for yourself.
2-Minute Dental Care Tips
Believe it or not, most people only brush their teeth 45 seconds, according to the American Dental Association. Many people don't know the correct ttechniques for brushing and flossing either. (Get our free download on how to do it right)
You need to brush a full two minutes to get anything accomplished. This is super important to remove plaque and biofilm that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Time yourself if you tend to be a fast brusher or hum a tune that takes at least two minutes.
- Stop brushing too hard - As dentists, we have always stressed soft toothbrushes. It is also essential you brush gently. Brushing too hard wears away the enamel and erodes your gums.
- Brush a half hour after eating - Try to brush after every meal, but wait 30 minutes especially if you drank or ate anything acidic like lemons or oranges as these fruits soften enamel. If you can't brush, chew sugarless gum to increase saliva and cleanse your palate.
- Store your brush correctly - Always store it upright and let it air dry. Never put it in a closed container. That encourages bacteria growth.
- Never use a hard brush - Hard brushes wear away enamel and cause tooth sensitivity. They also wear away your gums. Never use a medium or hard brush. Always choose a soft-bristled brush.
- Make sure to floss once a day. This removes food debris and biofilm your brush cannot reach. Get in between all of your teeth. Use waxed floss, proxy brush or a water flosser if you have problems getting in hard-to-reach areas.
- Brush properly - Most people don't. The ADA recommends:
Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) 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.
Ask Fairfield Dental Associates
Dr. Katherine Finkel is an expert on general, pediatric, and restorative dental care. Fairfield Dental Associates can take the drudgery out of brushing. We will help you learn the best methods to keeping your teeth bright and shiny and plaque-free. Brushing properly saves a lot of time in the dental chair - along with six-month checkups and cleanings.
Dental pros are highly skilled in the dos and don'ts of dental care. Fairfield Dental Associates can assist you with information on the best way to brush your teeth, what foods are acidic and what foods to avoid.
We know the majority of people actually don't brush their teeth properly. We have a guide you can explore that may surprise you. Contact our office to set up an appointment. We want you to keep your teeth for a lifetime of beautiful smiles you will want to share!
If you haven't scheduled your checkup or have any questions, please contact our office.