According to most dentists today, it's essential to brush for at least two minutes in order to clean your teeth fully and properly. Without taking that time to do the job plaque and bacteria is being left behind.
In order to ensure that you are cleaning your teeth fully, it's important to take a step to actually verify that you are taking enough time to brush your teeth fully. That might mean setting a timer, buying a special electronic toothbrush or even playing a certain song.
Brush Your Teeth with Proper Technique
There are many people out there that are brushing their teeth too hard and using improper technique that actually causes more damage than anything else. Try switching hands to see just how much force you need to put on your teeth for it to feel normal. You want to use very light brush strokes and to brush all around each of the teeth to remove any plaque that has built up throughout the day.
Time Your Brushing
To make sure you are spending enough time brushing your teeth, add a timer to the bathroom or purchase a special electronic toothbrush that will shut off after you've brushed for long enough. It's not easy to keep brushing for a full two minutes or longer without feeling like you are taking too much time, and that's why one of these tools can help you stay on track and do a good job overall.
Improper Brushing is Dangerous to Your Health
If you don't take steps to brush your teeth properly, you could end up causing yourself to suffer from health problems over time. Plaque that is left behind can actually end up in your arteries throughout your body and lead to heart issues.
Brushing too hard can damage the teeth and lead to problems with sensitivity and even more plaque growth over time. Just take the time to really learn how to brush your teeth well and you'll suffer from far fewer problems overall.
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