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Most Brush Teeth the Wrong Way

Thursday, 17 May 2012 12:49 PM

Are you brushing your teeth the right way? If you’re still using the technique you learned as a kid, you might want to brush up on your skills.
That’s the key finding of two new Swedish studies that found only 1 in 10 people brush their teeth in a way effectively prevents tooth decay.
Researchers from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg found most Swedes regularly brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste, but the vast majority don’t know the best brushing technique.
For the studies, Pia Gabre and her colleagues studied the brushing habits of 2,013 Swedes -- aged 15-80. They tracked how often and for how long they brushed, their fluoride use, how much toothpaste they used and water use during and after brushing.
The results: Only 10 percent use toothpaste in the most effective way.
“Most of the interviewed subjects learned to brush their teeth as children, by their parents,” said Gabre. “Even if they have been informed about more effective techniques later in life, they continue to brush their teeth like they always have.”
Among the researchers' recommendations: Brush with toothpaste at least twice a day for two minutes or more (after breakfast and before bedtime); if you get cavities often, use toothpaste with more fluoride; and avoid rinsing with water after brushing.
The American Dental Hygienist’s Association also offers the following tips for good tooth-brushing technique:

• Place bristles along the gum line at a 45 degree angle and allow them to contact both the tooth surface and gum line.
• Gently brush the outer tooth surfaces of two-to-three teeth using a vibrating back and forth rolling motion. Move then brush the next group of two-to-three teeth and repeat.
• Gently brush all of the inner tooth surfaces using a back-and-forth rolling motion. Tilt the brush vertically behind the front teeth and use up-and-downs strokes with the front half of the brush.
• Scrub the biting surfaces of the teeth using a back-and-forth motion. Brush the tongue to reduce odor-producing bacteria.
• Replace your toothbrush every three to four months to reduce bacterial exposure.

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