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Dentists Finally Decide on The Proper Brushing Technique

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Dentistry


When it comes to proper brushing technique, there are a lot of conflicting methods coming from different sources. Toothbrush companies say one thing, while your dentist may say another. Brushing in small circular motions, brushing in short strokes, which type of brush to use, how hard to brush, and when to do so are all questions that are answered differently across the dental community.

Researchers from UC London decided that all this conflicting information needed clearing up. For something as basic as brushing, it seems silly that the dental community can’t come to a consensus on how to do so properly. There are plenty of complicated methods out there, but research has proven that simplicity is best. A gentle, horizontal scrub across all tooth surfaces is proven to be just as effective as small circles, short choppy strokes, etc. To avoid brushing too hard, the brush should be held in the pencil grip, not in a closed fist. Toothbrush bristles should be the soft variety, and be sure to buy a brush with a solid head as opposed to hollow. The most important areas to hit are the biting surfaces, and where the teeth met the gums. In terms of when you should brush in relatively to when you’ve eaten/drank, the answer is it does not matter. While some dentists say brushing after meals helps prevent decay, the study shows that the acid produced when you eat food has already done whatever damage it’ll do within two minutes of your meal. So, brushing once in the morning and once before bed is still the best way to go. In conclusion, it would seem that the best way to approach brushing is to keep it simple. Be gentle, but thorough with horizontal brushing motions, and do it twice daily. Other than that, there’s not much else to it!

Jul
9

Is There a Link Between Cancer and Poor Oral Health?

If you suffer from swollen gums, missing teeth, or other poor oral health symptoms, then you may be at a higher risk of contracting human papillomavirus. Known as HPV, the human papillomavirus is a sexually transmitted disease that results in cancers of the cervix, mouth, and throat. If you have poor oral hygiene, you are […]

Jun
4

Eating Disorders & Dentistry

Eating disorders are a serious problem in today’s society. More than 10 million Americans currently suffer from serious eating disorders such as bulimia, anorexia, and binge eating. Not only do these eating disorders take a serious toll on your body, but they can also harm your teeth. People who suffer from anorexia starve themselves in […]

May
14

Don’t Fall Asleep With Your Dentures In!

Having dentures can be challenging, especially for new wearers. It may take awhile for many patients to become accustomed to to their size, shape, and orientation, as well as adjusting to a proper cleaning and care routine. However, whether you are new to dentures or a seasoned pro, you must follow this basic rule: don’t […]

Apr
30

Vegetarian? Your Dental Health Could be at Risk

We all have different prerogatives when discussing food choices. One of the major food prerogatives is becoming a vegetarian. Some of us choose this lifestyle, but do we ever consider any of the consequences associated with it? In terms of dental health, there are some concerns related to a strict vegetarian diet. First, there are […]

Mar
26

Falling Asleep Without Brushing

Have you ever gone to sleep without brushing your teeth? You may think, “Oh it’s just this one time,” but after reading this you will never have that “one time” again! We all know that we are supposed to brush and floss our teeth at least twice a day, but what exactly happens when two […]

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