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Do You Brush Your Teeth for Two Minutes?

My dentist recommends brushing for at least two minutes, twice a day. I admit that those two minutes can seem like an eternity when all I want to do is climb into bed. My dentist is adamant though, he even gave me a little timer to help me brush on through for the entire 120 seconds.

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Natalie87 Natalie87 8 years
yes actually or maybe less than 2 mins :)
channing56 channing56 9 years
I read that brushing your teeth for 2 minutes is actually a little too long and that it's best to brush your teeth for 1 minute, 45 seconds.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
i REEEEEEEEEALLY need to brush for longer and more often...I'm debating whether I should take a brush and toothpaste to work for after lunch...
Deadly-Lemur Deadly-Lemur 9 years
I always brush for at least two minutes, usually longer. I spend as much time brushing my mouth (sides, roof, tongue) as I do on my teeth. Then it's serious flossing, followed up by listerine. I used to be kind of halfassed about doing everything, but every time I floss I'm appalled at how much crud is there so it motivates me to do it everyday now.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
I used to have a Sonicare that counted two minutes for me and would stop and start after 30 seconds so I knew when to switch to a different part of my mouth. My electric toothbrush now doesn't do that so I just count (1 one thousand, 2 one thousand) 30 seconds for my bottom left side, 30 for top left side, 30 for right top side, 30 for bottom right side. then on to the floss!
Megatron Megatron 9 years
I have a SonicCare. I have heretitary gum disease, so I gotta for two minutes morning and night.
emalove emalove 9 years
Not all the time, I'll admit it.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Just about ya...
Allytta Allytta 9 years
i brush for 4 minutes. and no, i don't overdo it, i don't brush the same area for all 4 minutes, it just takes 15sek to do every sector :)
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I'm sort of OCD about it and I time out 2 minutes on my watch while I brush. I have really nice teeth and I'd like to keep 'em that way!
scmeggiry scmeggiry 9 years
I brush in the shower too! But it's because it gives me another excuse to stand under a hot shower longer. I wander around the house hoping it'll help me to brush longer but I end up just holding the toothbrush in my mouth.
nutrihuney nutrihuney 9 years
Yep, I have a Sonicare Intelliclean. Always get my 2 minutes morning and night.
joselita joselita 9 years
I try to but sometimes I have canker soars that hurt. So I stop sooner.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Not usually. I'm horrible about that.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I've probably had sometimes where I didn't brush long enough, but whether it's less or more, I don't really count. I just make sure to spend some time cleaning all of my teeth.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i don't always but i try to. ever since i saw a commercial that had a 30 second timer for each side of your and bottom, i realized that i need to think more about how long i'm brushing to be as thorough as possible.
Punkingirl Punkingirl 9 years
My Sonicare does the timing for me! Yea!
syako syako 9 years
I actually count while a I brush my teeth. So I spend 8 seconds on each little section and it all totals out to be 132 seconds. Which is a bit over 2 minutes. When I saw stranger than fiction and they poked fun at the main character for counting while brushing I got a little embarrassed :oops: but it's the best way for me to know I'm getting enough brushing on each tooth! :)
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
i had $3000 worth of dental work last year so I' mpretty dilligent about brushing. I have an electric but I don't use it, it's not a very nice one.
hkdkat hkdkat 9 years
I brush them for quite awhile but to be honest I've never really timed it so I said I was probably neglecting them.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
:oops: *Sonicare*
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
Another Sonciare user here. Sometimes if I feel like it I'll do two cycles, but yeah it's got a built in timer. It also lets you know when 30 seconds has elapsed so you can work each of the 4 areas of your mouth equally.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
May even be longer.
laurelm laurelm 9 years
i have a sonicare which has a two minute timer so yep i do it all the time!
staticnoise staticnoise 9 years
i state the same thing as paulafromgermany. 3 minutes... and these are quite long, at least when i'm in a hurry in the morning. well, so two minutes are the shortened form ;)
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