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Mouthguards are effective in moving soft tissue in the oral cavity away from the teeth, preventing laceration and bruising of the lips and cheeks, especially for those who wear orthodontic appliances.



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How Long Should I Brush?

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How Long Should I Brush?
 

When it comes to brushing your teeth, you may think that is one area where you don't need help. But most people are only brushing one-third of the suggested time.

 

The average person brushes:

  • Two minutes a day
  • 14 minutes a week
  • 12.1 hours a year
  • 38.5 days in their lifetime

The average person should brush:

  • Six minutes a day
  • 42 minutes a week
  • 36.4 hours a year
  • 122 days in their lifetime

Reviewed: January 2012

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