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When you’re brushing your teeth, we know it’s a challenge to reach the two minute mark every single time. But guess what? If you want healthy teeth and gums, it really is crucial that you brush for the full two minutes, twice a day.

We’ve got an idea to help you brush for longer… and increase your leg strength, too.

You can turn your dental hygiene routine up a notch by adding these quick toothbrush workouts to the mix! Try one or several out for a few weeks and you’ll see your smile (and maybe your legs and arms!) improve, too. And if you already have a favorite toothbrushing task that we’ve left off this list, let us know about it in the comments below!

Young girl with toothbrush

#1: Squats

Try doing squat movements while you brush your teeth. You can find an example as well as some variations on the squat here — you probably can’t do the ones that require arm movement while you’re brushing, but the sumo squat and squat with kickbacks are certainly manageable. If you need a little extra challenge, try one-legged squats.Two sets of 30-second squatting intervals (with a break in between and after) is a good way to start slow.

#2: Lunges

Lunges are a great way to tone the major leg muscles, and they’re also pretty easy to accomplish while you’re brushing. Make sure you’re doing them correctly so you don’t strain or pull any muscles.

  • With your upper body straight and your core tight, look in one fixed spot.
  • Step forward with one leg, and bend until your hip and knee are at about a 90 degree angle.
  • Keep your front knee directly above your ankle, and avoid touching the other one completely to the floor.
  • Keep your weight in your heels as you bring yourself back to your starting position.

See how many you can do in two minutes and you’ll be strengthening your legs and your smile!

#3: Calf Raises

This one doesn’t take as much maneuvering as the others. Calf raises are a simple exercise to perform while brushing — just lift your feet off the ground, standing on your tiptoes and going back down again. For an extra challenge, do them one leg at a time. Working out each calf in 30 second intervals will help you reach the full two-minute mark while brushing.

#4: Balancing

If you’ve got bad balance due to an injury or other factor, there’s no better time to improve it than while you’re brushing your teeth. Try balancing on each foot for as long as possible for the entire two minutes. After a while, that time spent practicing adds up — and you should start to see improvement after a couple of weeks.

Got More? Let Us Know!

If you’re a fan of the toothbrush workout but notice we’ve left one of your favorites exercises off this list, don’t hesitate to let us know about it! Then call Mark Gray DDS to schedule your appointment for a six month checkup and cleaning.