How Long Should You Brush?

Westchester County Cosmetic Dentistry

At The Dental Design Center in White Plains, we recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day. How long should you brush? For the best dental health, the American Dental Association recommends at least two minutes.

Most people think they brush that long, but would be surprised if they actually set a timer. Most of us only brush for about a minute, if that.

At The Dental Design Center we recommend – if you have your doubts about how long you brush for – taking out a timer to make sure you do it long enough. You probably have a stopwatch on your smart phone.

What about flossing? Should you do it before you brush, or after? According to one survey, there’s about a fifty-fifty split among Americans, with a slight edge going to those who prefer to brush first. We think you should do whichever you accustomed to. Just be sure to do both!

When it comes to oral care at home, our recommendations are in line with the ADA’s:

  • Brush for at least two minutes, twice a day
  • Use a soft-bristle brush, replaced every three months
  • Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle at the gum line
  • Brush in circular, half-tooth-wide strokes
  • Be sure to get the back teeth
  • Be sure to get in, outer, and top surfaces
  • Don’t forget your tongue
  • Floss!

At The Dental Design Center in White Plains, your dental health matters. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call us today to schedule your next cleaning and checkup.

Contact The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104
White Plains, New York


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