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How Long Should You Brush?

By October 18, 2019No Comments

Billerica Cosmetic Dentistry

At Future of Dentistry, we recommend brushing your teeth for at least two minutes, and doing it twice a day. Two minutes can be longer than it seems, and it helps to use a timer. You probably have one on your phone.

Brushing your teeth, after all, is an important part of any daily dental health routine. A soft-bristled toothbrush is best. We strongly recommend flossing, too. Before or after you brush? The jury remains out on that one. We think before is better, but the most important thing is that you do it.

When you brush, be sure to get all over your teeth: the front and the sides, inside and out, and the chewing surfaces. 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.


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 make sure it’s enough.

Be sure the head of the toothbrush isn’t too big, especially if you have a smaller mouth. The brush should fit easily between your cheeks and gums. The handle is less important. Get one that feels comfortable in your hand. Replace your toothbrush every three months, if not more often.

Tooth Massage

Plaque is soft and loose, so you don’t have to scrub very hard to remove it. Think of it not so much as brushing, but massaging your teeth. With that in mind you should you be able to use a light touch.

Finally, remember that two minute minimum. If you’re running late, and are tempted to cut it short, resist!

At Future of Dentistry, we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. Our services include general and family dentistry, and emergency dental care. Schedule your next checkup with us today.

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