There are far too many people who believe that if they brush harder, it will lead to cleaner teeth; however, this is not the case. Gently brushing your teeth is extremely effective, and much less likely to cause any significant damage. Some additional good brushing habits including brushing your teeth at least two times a day, investing in a new toothbrush every few months and brushing for at least two minutes.
For many people, though, it’s hard to keep track of the time when brushing. The good news is, there are a few tips that can help.
Set a Timer
If you want a fool proof way to hit your two-minute brushing goal, set a timer. Consider buying a kitchen timer and leaving it in the bathroom so that you can start it each time you begin to rush. Make sure to hit all the surfaces of your top and bottom teeth and that you continue brushing until the timer goes off. There are now several electric toothbrushes that feature built-in timers, which you can use instead of a kitchen timer.
Find Two Minutes Worth of Entertainment
You know the old saying, “time flies when you’re having fun,” so use this while brushing your teeth. Some ideas you can use to ensure you remain entertained while brushing include:
- Time your favorite song and let it play, or sing it in your head as you brush.
- Play a video online that lasts for two minutes.
- Do squats while you brush – 3 seconds down, 3 seconds up – after 20 squats, your two minutes will be up.
Give Your Children Access to Technology
There are several ways you can ensure your kids are brushing for the required two minutes if you introduce a bit of technology into the mix. One option is to choose a toothbrush that plays music for two minutes. When it stops, your child will know they are done brushing.
There are also tooth brushing apps you can use. One example is the Toothsavers app, which was specifically designed to encourage children to brush their teeth. The app was created by the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, and the Ad Council. Some of the features it includes are:
- A built-in timer that helps children brush for two minutes
- Real-life reminders to brush at least twice a day
- A game that lets you fight an evil sorceress who is going around causing cavities
- A version that includes two players so that children can interact with parents and friends
Brushing your teeth is something you have to do – you know this. However, even if you brush regularly, are you brushing for a full two minutes? If not, now is the time to implement these tips to ensure your teeth remain clean and healthy.