Friday, November 30, 2018

Brushing for Two Minutes

When we hit the snooze button in the morning, two minutes fly by like lightning, when we are waiting in traffic, two minute seems like an eternity. At the sink, two minutes is the time you need to spend brushing your teeth in order to clean them adequately and reduce plaque. At Bishop & Bishop Dental, Dr. David Bishop, Dr. Dorienne Taylor-Bishop, and Dr. Alicia Reynolds want patients to understand why they should follow the 2-minute brushing rule.

Most people don’t even come close to brushing two minutes and if you don’t brush your teeth long enough, you may not be getting your teeth clean enough. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily establish the basics of good oral hygiene. Brushing helps to clear particles of food from the teeth, but a brush can’t reach between teeth, which is why flossing is also necessary. To make the two-minute mark seem like less of a lifetime, split the mouth into four quadrants. That way, it should take about 30 seconds each quadrant.

If you have questions or concerns regarding dental health or oral hygiene, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our practice, visit for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. David Bishop at Bishop & Bishop Dental here in Silver Spring, Maryland, call 301-608-9270.

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