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For how long should you brush your teeth?

Also, find out what happens when you brush your teeth too much.

Written by Tania Tarafdar |Updated : June 27, 2017 4:55 PM IST

You brush your teeth twice a day. But if you think by brushing your teeth vigorously you will do away with all the food particles and germs, you need to think again. Brushing your teeth vigorously can do more harm than good. Hear it from well-known dentist Dr Nikita Goyal.

What happens to your teeth when you brush too vigorously?

You do not help your oral health by brushing your teeth vigorously. In fact, brushing your teeth for longer also does no good. Brushing your teeth vigorously can erode your tooth enamel and also your gum tissue, particularly if you are brushing your teeth with a hard toothbrush.

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For how long should you brush your teeth?

Never brush your teeth more than two to three minutes two to three times a day.

What is the right way to brush your teeth?

Divide the mouth into quadrants and spend at least 30 seconds in each region to clean all surfaces. Brush the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of the teeth. Remember do not brush horizontally along the gum line as this may damage your gums and cause abrasions on the teeth. And clean your tongue as well as bacteria breed on its grooves and ridges. Here are 10 tips for better tongue hygiene.

Brushing rules to follow

  • Always replace your brush after a month since a frayed brush can hurt your gums.
  • Also, look for a brush with a soft head and apply gentle pressure while you clean. Small-headed brushes can reach all areas of the mouth better even the hard-to-reach back teeth. The bristles need to be rounded at the ends and be of the soft to medium variety.
  • Just use soft circular motions as swaying back and forth too hard can hurt your teeth as well as your gums. Here are 7 things your dentist wants you to know about oral health.

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