How Long Should You Brush?

Midvale Cosmetic Dentistry

At Jordan Landing Smiles in West Jordan, we recommend two minutes as a minimum time for brushing your teeth. Most people think they brush that long, but would be surprised if they actually set a timer. Most of us only brush for about a minute, if that.

Brushing your teeth is an important part of any daily dental health routine. We recommend brushing twice a day, and with a soft-bristled toothbrush. We strongly recommend flossing, too.

Be sure to get all over your teeth: the front and the sides, inside and out, and the tops. When you do the sides, be sure you brush along the gumline. Use a gentle touch, and hold the brush at a 45-degree angle.

As you do the front and side surfaces, move the brush in gentle, circular strokes.

Toothpaste

Use a pea-sized blob of fluoridated toothpaste – or more than pea-sized, if you’re so inclined. Too much toothpaste is no big deal, but be sure to use enough.

Be sure the head of the toothbrush isn’t too big, especially if you have a smaller mouth. It needs to fit easily between your cheeks and gums. The handle is less important. Make sure it feels comfortable in your hand. Replace your toothbrush every three months, if not more often, especially if you’ve been sick.

And don’t forget the two-minute minimum! Use the timer on your smart phone, if it helps. At Jordan Landing Smiles in West Jordan, we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. Our services include general and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today!

Contact Jordan Landing Smiles – David B. Powell DDS:

801-280-6911

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7478 Campus View Dr., Ste #202
West Jordan, Utah
84084

 

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