Sounds easy enough, right?
It should be, but the fact is that many people don’t get the most out of their brushing because they don’t do it consistently and they don’t do it long enough.
Most dentists agree that you should brush for at least 2 minutes to make sure that you do a thorough job of cleaning all sides of your teeth and tongue.
But 2 minutes can feel like a long time when you’re just standing still in front of your bathroom mirror, which sometimes causes people to quit before the time is up.
That’s why we came up with this list of things you can do while you’re brushing – not only will it help the time go by faster, but it might even let you kill two birds with one stone.
First and foremost, you should set a timer to 2 minutes when you start to brush. Use your smartphone, watch or a basic kitchen timer to make sure you brush for a full 120 seconds.
You know how your friends are always posting interesting articles on Facebook but you never have time to actually read them? Well, now you do! When you see something you’d like to check out, use Facebook’s “Save” feature or bookmark a page on your phone or tablet’s browser. Then, when it’s brushing time, you can pull up something you saved.
Believe it or not, there are several great little exercises you can do while you work on scrubbing your pearly whites. Here are a few:
- Improve balance and muscle control by simply balancing on one leg. If that’s too easy for you, move your leg around to various positions, like out In front, to the side, to the back and with your foot touching your other knee.
- Squat down as far as you can go (while keeping your back straight) and hold it – this is good for your hips and your posture.
- Do calf raises by going up and down on your toes.
3. Surf YouTube
There’s really no such thing as seeing too many cat videos. Just hop on YouTube on your phone or tablet and search “funny cats” (and anything else that makes you smile) or take a look at what’s trending and you’re sure to find something amusing to distract you for a couple minutes.
4. Make a To-Do List
If you’re anything like me, you’ve constantly got a list of things you’ve got to do running through your head. Why not get them down on paper or in a notes app on your phone while you’re brushing?
5. Quiet Reflection
For those who find they’re just too busy to be as mindful as they’d like, these 2 minutes at the start and end of your day give you the perfect opportunity for a bit of reflection. During your morning brush, focus on how you’ll accomplish a personal goal that day. When you brush before bed, spend those 2 minutes thinking about the positive things that happened to you or what you accomplished and you’ll be in a more positive and peaceful state for sleep.
It may be a guilty pleasure, but perusing silly lists or taking a quiz to find out which Golden Girl you are on the Buzzfeed app is a surefire way to make 2 minutes pass before you know it.