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How Long Do Americans Spend Brushing Their Teeth?

And What Percentage of Americans Make Their Partner Brush Before Kissing?
The common advice when you brush your teeth is to spend a minimum of two minutes brushing. How do you compare to what is recommended and how do you compare with the national average? And what about that kissing question – do you know the answer?

The Results Are In
Most Americans do it twice a day once at bedtime and once after getting up in the morning for an average of one minute and fifty-two seconds. These are some of the findings on tooth brushing from a recent national survey by Delta Dental .
Nearly seven of 10 Americans (69 percent) brush their teeth at least twice a day, the amount recommended by the American Dental Association and other dental health professionals. However, that means more than 30 percent of Americans aren’t brushing enough.
On average, Americans brush for just under the two minutes recommended by dental professionals. African Americans brush 18 seconds longer than Americans as a whole, while younger adults ages 18 to 24 spend 16 seconds longer than average brushing.
Nearly six of 10 Americans brush their teeth at bedtime and as soon as they wake up in the morning, while 38 percent brush after breakfast. About 17 percent brush after lunch, and 21 percent brush after dinner
According to the Delta Dental survey, 91 percent of Americans brush most frequently at home in their bathrooms over the sink. However, about 4 percent say they most frequently brush in the shower. Americans ages 18 to 44 are twice as likely to brush in the shower.

Brushing Habits Linked with Oral Health
Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste is key to good oral health. In fact, according to the Delta Dental survey, people who brush at least twice a day are 22 percent more likely to describe their oral health as good or better compared with those who brush less frequently.
Unfortunately, 23 percent of Americans have gone two or more days without brushing their teeth in the past year. Nearly 37 percent of adults ages 18 to 24 have gone that long without brushing.
Flossing is another area that could use some improvement. Only four of 10 Americans ( 41 percent) floss at least once a day, and 20 percent never floss. The survey showed a strong relationship between flossing daily and reporting good oral health.

Brush First, Please
Through one of the lighter topics addressed in the survey, Delta Dental found that one-third of Americans (33 percent) have made their partners brush their teeth before a kiss. Men were less likely to require brushing before kissing one of the activities made possible by good oral health.
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