Dr Ken Harris, who is one of the country’s leading cosmetic dentists and runs practices in both Sunderland and Newcastle, is concerned that many people are over or under brushing their teeth.
And now the dentist, who heads up Riveredge Cosmetic Surgery, has come up with a solution – playing a song which lasts around two minutes when brushing.
“People just tend to brush their teeth for the length of time that feels right to them, rather than considering how long their teeth should actually be brushed for,” he said.
“And it’s just as bad to overbrush as to underbrush your teeth.
“To take some of the guess work out of it, it makes sense to play a song that lasts around two minutes so that you know that you’ve been brushing your teeth for exactly the right amount of time.”
The team at Riveredge has compiled a top 10 list of songs which could be played to ensure that teeth are brushed for the correct length of time, with some children’s favourites to get young people into the habit.
The songs are: –
Love Is An Open Door, from Frozen (2.07)
You’ve Got A Friend In Me, from Toy Story (2.05)
Not Fade Away – The Rolling Stones (2.21)
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, from Mary Poppins (2.03)
You’ve Really Got Me – The Kinks (2.15)
59th Street Bridge Street (Feelin’ Groovy) – Simon and Garfunkel (1.50)
All Shook Up – Elvis Presley (1.57)
We Will Rock You – Queen (2.02)
Song2 – Blur (2.02)
Teenage Kicks – The Undertones (2.28)
“If you brushed your teeth for the whole length of one of these songs, then you’d be hitting the right amount of time,” said Dr Harris.
For further information visit www.riveredge.co.uk.
Dr Harris is one of the UK’s foremost cosmetic dentists and a multi-award winner. With almost 35 years of experience, he has an MSc in Restorative & Aesthetic Dentistry and is a Fellow of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
He is a member of the AACD (American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry) and acts as UK clinical director for California Center for Advanced Dental Studies in San Francisco along with lecturing around the globe.