What is the best advice you have ever heard about brushing your teeth? If you are like me, you grew up with the following:
- Brush your teeth after every meal
- Use a soft brush,
- Change your brush every six months
- Don’t brush your teeth too hard
There are other pieces of advice that I have left out for sure, however, this is a good list to start. I had braces at the very late age of twenty, while in college. My braces came off before the graduation and I wanted to take better care of my teeth. I started to floss regularly at the age of thirty. By forty, I brushed and flossed my teeth twice a day and it’s been this way for the past ten years. At this current time, I consider myself to be a person that takes great care of my teeth. And, for somebody that hasn’t had his teeth professionally cleaned in five years, my dentist was amazed at both the lack of plaque and the condition of my teeth.
That was my last dental visit and I was pleasantly surprised…and, continued brushing my teeth the wrong way! Here I thought I was brushing correctly until I had the rare chance of having a business lunch with a Calabasas Dentist and his office manager. He said something that I never thought about: Not brushing long enough. Upon reflection, I can say that I always brushed my teeth quickly as if it were a chore. I picked this habit up as a teenager. He said ten words that changed my habit right there on the spot: “You should brush your teeth for at least two minutes!” I was speechless. Then he continued, “Give a chance for the fluoride to work! Do this and your teeth will become harder and stronger!”
I rode home and thought long and hard about the most important lesson: slow down and take my time. Now, I find myself “multi-tasking” with my new behavior. For example, turning on the radio, picking up and putting things back where they belong from the day or night before, etc. The activities work well with my new brushing regime. Increasing your brushing routine to two minutes will give the fluoride in your toothpaste time to work at making your teeth stronger.