Do you have any idea how much time you spend on your dental hygiene? Do you think that it takes you around a minute or two every day to complete all of your brushing and flossing? Perhaps the experience feels more like hours of your day. Whatever the case, it’s easy to assume that quick, efficient care must not be good enough and that extra long brushing and flossing sessions are probably best (neither is true!). To set you straight on how much time you should spend in front of the bathroom sink caring for your smile, your Moreno Valley dentist has broken down hygiene details, so you know just what to do, how frequently, and for how long.

How Many Minutes For Brushing?

Brushing your teeth requires more than just running your toothbrush with toothpaste over your teeth quickly. It requires dedication to cleaning each tooth. Fortunately, you can brush more than one tooth at a time, which saves you time and energy. However, making your way across all surfaces is essential. Though dental hygiene times vary slightly from person to person, your Moreno Valley dentist explains that you should be coming out of your brushing session at a time of around two minutes. If you notice you’re not just a hair shy of the two-minute mark (or if you’ve gone way over that allotted time), set a timer and practice for the best results.

How Many Minutes For Flossing?

Flossing, as you have likely learned, is a bit of an art. It takes patience and is only effective if you do it daily and you’re very thorough. Like brushing, your Moreno Valley dentist suggests spending around two minutes flossing your smile. The goal is to make sure you’re taking time to remove as much plaque as possible with your flossing habits. If you rush, you’ll be sure to miss spots.

Riverside Dental Group and Dental Associate Offices Serves a Community Near You!

Our dentists look forward to caring for you and every member of your family with a comprehensive selection of services. We will maintain and improve your oral health with a wide range of preventive, cosmetic, restorative, implant, and emergency dentistry techniques. We also specialize in endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, and orthodontics, serving patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.