Tooth Brushing and Its Effectiveness
Your mouth has some natural defenses against plaque buildup, such as salivary mucins, and some foods, including fibrous fruits and veggies, can clean debris from your teeth. However, brushing continues to be key in daily dental cleaning. Ancient humans once chewed frayed twigs to clean their teeth, but today’s technology has provided us with hundreds of types of toothbrushes designed to clean between teeth and along the gumline effectively and thoroughly.
Many scientists have studied the effectiveness of tooth brushing. A recent review evaluated nearly sixty studies and more than two hundred brushing exercises that included nearly 11,000 participants. Manual toothbrushes were found to reduce plaque from thirty to fifty-three percent. The type of bristles on a brush and a user’s brushing technique could play a major role in the effectiveness of manual toothbrushes.
Powered toothbrushes use horizontal and vertical actions, or oscillating and rotating actions, and are designed to remove plaque more efficiently. A review comparing powered toothbrushes with manual toothbrushes evaluated fifty trials with more than 4,000 participants. It found that powered toothbrushes offered significantly greater plaque removal and gingivitis reduction, as well as a reduced risk of bleeding gums.
While you do not need a powered toothbrush to get your teeth clean, proper tooth cleaning techniques can make a big difference in the health of your smile. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle towards your gums, make small circles as you brush, be gentle, and brush at least two minutes at a time. Call our office today to learn more about the best ways to clean your teeth or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame.
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