There are many techniques and pieces of advice given to people who ask how best to brush their teeth. How long to brush your teeth, what movements to use, and even how often to brush are all important questions for overall oral health. One might think that dental professionals and dental associations have one consistent view on answers to these questions.
As it turns out, according to a recent study by the University College London, there might not be much consensus on the subject. There is, however, a consistency all dental professionals can agree with: brushing at least twice a day is essential to overall health.
How to Brush Your Teeth: The Debate
According to the study published in the British Dental Journal, dental associations, dentists, and toothbrush and toothpaste manufacturers often provide varying advice. At Biscayne Dental Center, we have a team of dental professionals that help provide comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry services. What we all agree on is that a consistent, dedicated schedule of brushing is essential to oral health.
The first thing to do is make sure you brush your teeth in the morning after breakfast (at least 30 minutes after) and before bed at some point. Sometimes dentists will recommend brushing after lunch as well, but this can vary based on your schedule and what your dental professional suggests. Oral health isn’t just about brushing though; is is extremely important to floss as well.
The actual mechanics of brushing teeth is something that Aubrey Sheiham, Emeritus Professor of Dental Public Health and the senior author of the study mentioned as being commonly debated upon. Discussion on different brushing techniques continues partly due to the lack of comprehensive research on what technique is scientifically most affective. Luckily, there is a pretty basic technique that anyone of any age can do.
Brushing up and down while holding the toothbrush horizontally will help dislodge food particles and plaque. It is advisable to brush lightly, as brushing too hard and too long can actually remove the protective enamel on your teeth. At Biscayne Dental Center, we recommend that everyone gets a check-up from a qualified dental professional to get personalized advice on brushing.