Things Besides Brushing that Take 2 Minutes

We’ve all heard the adage that we should be brushing for at least two minutes, and somehow, two minutes feels like an eternity when we’re brushing, even though it’s really not that long. To put it into context, here are some other small tasks that take only two minutes. Vector illustration of two minutes stopwatch icon on white background

  • Sending a text message
  • Eating a cupcake
  • Putting on lipstick.
  • Sending an email.
  • Checking Facebook
  • Doing 25 situps
  • Cooking two batches of minute rice.
  • Taking ten deep breaths.
  • Feeding your pet cat (or dog, or pig)
  • Taking a photo and posting it to social media
  • Writing a haiku
  • Giving yourself a head massage (aka facepalming)
  • Watering your houseplants
  • Watching commercials
  • Checking the news online
  • Running around the block
  • Drinking a glass of water.
  • Figuring out a clue in a crossword puzzle
  • Looking at pictures of celebrities with their teeth taken out
  • Airing up a bicycle tire
  • Checking Facebook again
  • Taking (and retaking) a selfie with your friends
  • Finding movie times at your local theater
  • Asking your crush out on a date to the movie (once you’ve gained the courage)
  • Ordering a pizza
  • Ordering an Uber driver
  • Making an appointment with your dentist
  • Reading a blog post about the world’s strangest toothpaste flavors.

As you can see, two minutes is a tiny amount of time in which you can do a lot. Your dentist recommend that you spend two minutes brushing twice a day to ensure that you have a lifetime of bright, healthy teeth. Also, no oral hygiene routine is complete without flossing, too. Regardless of how you brush or for how long, brushing only takes care of about half of the bacteria on your teeth. Flossing is the only way to take care of the other half. Talk to your dentist to learn more about proper brushing techniques.