Save 10-60% on Your Dental Care. Join a Savings Plan Today!
Close X

1 Million+ Smiles Served Since 1999
Outstanding Customer Care
Plans Tailored to Fit Your Needs

you are > Dental Health Articles > Why brush for two minutes

Why brush for two minutes?
Updated: 8/17/2012 5:30:04 PM

Why brush for two minutes?  

Almost everyone has heard at some point or another that they should brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. A recent dental health campaign aimed at children is calling for parents to do more to ensure that their kids brush for at least two minutes. Recently, the Washington Post spoke to Maria Lopez Howell, consumer adviser for the American Dental Association, who explained where the "two minute rule" comes from.

According to Howell, research showed that it takes two minutes of brushing to provide the teeth with optimal protection against cavities.

"It takes two minutes for the tooth enamel to uptake the fluoride [in toothpaste]," said Howell, quoted by the news source.

She added that when tooth enamel absorbs fluoride, it makes the tooth surface more resistant to the bacteria that causes tooth decay. According to the American Dental Hygenists Association, people who increase the amount of time they spend brushing from 45 seconds to 2 minutes may experience up to 20 percent more enamel strengthening. 

© 2012 Brafton Inc.


The materials and articles published on are for informational purposes only. Although strives to be accurate and complete, the information is provided without liability for errors. does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, text graphics, links, or other items contained on expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in these materials and makes no commitment to update the information on expressly disclaims all liability for the use or interpretation by others of information on Decisions based on information contained on are the sole responsibility of the visitors, and visitors agree to hold and its Affiliates harmless against any claims for damages arising from decisions visitors make on such information.

Nothing on constitutes medical advice or other forms of advice. assumes no responsibility for material created or published by third parties linked to with or without’s knowledge.


Dental Care & Health Articles
AC Dental Care Articles (100)Affiliate Marketing (2)Affordable Care Act Articles (1)Audience (1)Bonding (2)Commentary (1)Cosmetic Dentristry (15)Dental (7)Dental Care News Feed (21)Dental Costs (5)Dental Health (21)Dental Insurance (1)Dental Plans (39)Dental Work (7)Dentist (19)Dentures (2)Individuals (484)Money (1)Oral Surgeon (1)Orthodontist (1)Pediatric Dentist (1)Procedures and Services (7)Surgery (1)Teeth Whitening/Bleaching (7)Unemployed (8)Veneers (1)
Special Offer

Take 15% off the price
of a dental savings plan.

Sign up below to receive your discount!