10 Fun Ways to Make Sure You’re Brushing Long Enough

Fun Ways to Brush teeth

A brief introduction…

Dental professionals and the ADA recommend that you brush your teeth for 2-3 minutes and that should prove to be sufficient for a thorough cleaning (don’t forget to floss and rinse as well). The list below is comprised of ten different ways to ensure you’re meeting that time requirement.

1.) Put on your favorite song…

Most songs range from 2:30-3:00 minutes. Put on your favorite jam and brush until the song is finished. This is the perfect way to start your day and have a successful teeth-brushing session.

2.) Mentally segment up your teeth into 4 quadrants…

Brush your teeth in 4 quadrants: upper-right, upper-left, bottom-right, bottom-left. If you brush each for 30 seconds, you’ll have completed the minimum required time to have a thorough brushing session.

3.) Brush each tooth for 5 seconds…

Most adults have 32 teeth. Therefore, if you brush each tooth for 5 seconds, you’ll brush your teeth for a total of 160 seconds, which amounts to 2.66 minutes. This is right where you want to be in terms of time.

4.) Set a timer…

Yes, this may sound as though your grandmother recommended this method to you, but, grandmas know best. If you simply cannot stick to a fun/quirky method in order to brush your teeth for the recommended time, then it may best to implement a more straight-forward method. Setting a timer will most certainly ensure that your teeth are properly brushed and your not ave to waste any extra time attempting to figure out which playlist to choose off of your smart phone.

5.) Walk around…

This method may take some preemptive planning, but it’s effective. What you’ll first do is walk around your apartment or house in a set path that lasts 2-3 minutes, and then you’ll replicate that walking pattern every time your brush your teeth.This method not only provides the necessary time you’ll need in order to brush your teeth properly, but it will also provide a nice but of exercise to help your blood start flowing in the early morning hours to assist you in waking up and feeling refreshed.

6.) Make it a competition…

If you live with your significant other or a friendly roommate, you can make it a competition of sorts when you brush your teeth to see who can stick to the planned 2-3 minute time interval and whoever is the most consistent wins not only a bet, but a fresh and healthy smile as well!

7.) 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi, 3 Mississippi…

There’s a reason why this method is taught to so many people at a young age, it works! If you don’;t have a timer or any sort of method on hand to help you reach eh 2-3 minute mark, good ol’ “1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi…” is a surefire way to have an accurate depiction of how much time it takes to reach that goal.

8.) Television…

If you have a television on in the background, the average commercial break is right around 2-2.5 minutes. This is the perfect method if you are watching the morning news and want it to coincide with your teeth brushing routine.

9.) Hum a tune…

If you’re camping, without power, or just would prefer to perform the task mentally; start humming one of your favorite songs that you know is 2-3 minutes and you’ll successfully complete your brushing routine without utilizing modern technology and you’ll simultaneously be improving your memory recall function.

10.) Brush until your teeth feel clean…

Once you make it a habit of brushing at least 2-3 minutes, you’ll recognize the feeling that occurs when your teeth are clean. Upon practicing this method on daily basis, you’ll be able to instantly tell when your teeth are clean and not require any tricks or additional methods to ensure you’ve properly brushed your teeth.