I don’t really want to spend more than 2 minutes in the morning or evening brushing my teeth. And I spend no more than 4 minutes total in a day brushing.
I realise that some of you may expect a dentist to spend years brushing their teeth. But when you have a really busy daily schedule (which I am sure all of us have), you don’t have time to polish your teeth like an expensive diamond.
Brushing quickly does not mean compromising results though. I have got 5 tips to help you speed up the process- without reducing quality.
1) Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes speed up the process of tooth brushing by literally doing the work for you. Make sure that the tooth brush bristles are not splayed out like trodden on grass as this will just slow down the process. I change my toothbrush head every month.
2) Correct Toothpaste
Some whitening toothpastes can have the adverse effect of making your teeth more sensitive because they have increased grittiness. Imagine the effect of sandpaper on your tooth. Ouch! Using a bog standard toothpaste with fluoride and triclosan in will make your teeth whiter. Find out more
3) Correct Technique
Missing areas whilst brushing will leave staining on your teeth which will dampen even the most pearly white smile. Having a system for brushing will make sure you don’t miss a spot. I always do the top teeth first from right to left (Front, top and back) then bottom teeth from right to left (Front, top and back). If you are using an electric toothbrush hold the head on each tooth for 3 seconds and then move onto the next one. For manual toothbrushes make small circular, massaging movements.
4) Brush for Two Minutes
Now is the patience game of waiting for two minutes. It is worthwhile having a timer so that you can measure exactly when you can start your busy schedule. I also recommend having a song playing in the background to keep you entertained. I always brush my teeth in front of the mirror so that I can make sure I am removing all the stains.
5) Spit don’t Rinse
After doing all the hard work putting the toothpaste on your teeth don’t rinse it off because this makes your teeth more susceptible to decay (Source is Department of health). Decay is typically black or brown which is in stark contrast to the white of the rest of the tooth
Using floss daily in between the teeth will remove bacteria and dark staining from between the teeth. More on this in a later article.
Follow these 5 steps and you will be on your way to brushing your teeth in a fraction of the time
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