How often do you see your dentist?
Do you brush your teeth regularly? If so, do you know how to do it properly?
Check out these 8 things you should not do while brushing your teeth.
1: You’re not brushing your teeth for long enough
The American Dental Association recommends brushing for two minutes, but many people fall woefully short—and don’t even realize it.
“Different studies have timed people brushing their teeth and asked them how long they thought they did it for,” says Ed Hewlett, DDS, professor of restorative dentistry and associate dean for outreach and diversity at UCLA School of Dentistry.
“Some people thought they’d brushed for a couple of minutes, but it can be less than half a minute. Our perception of how long we’re brushing is not very accurate.”
To take out the guesswork, use an electric toothbrush that beeps when you’ve reached two minutes, or use a timer on your phone or an egg timer. Here are 10 secrets for keeping your teeth white and healthy.