Are You Brushing The Right Way?

Friday, June 8th, 2012, 7:48 pm

Most people think they are brushing their teeth the right way – but there is a good chance they are not.

A study completed in Sweden showed that only 1 in 10 people were brushing in the correct way to prevent cavities! The majority of people in the study did brush their teeth regularly and they did use fluoride toothpaste. The problem turned out to be that only a few knew how the toothpaste should be used, how to brush correctly and how fluoride prevented tooth decay.

Most of the people in the study learned to brush their teeth as children as taught by their parents. Even if they had been taught more effective brushing techniques as adults they still continued to brush as they had when they were children. The biggest mistake most people made was rinsing with water after brushing.

Why is rinsing your mouth after brushing a mistake? It seems to make sense to rinse away any remaining debris with water right? Actually, when you have brushed with a fluoride toothpaste you shouldn’t rinse. Swishing water around your mouth removes the protective fluoride left behind by the toothpaste and cancels out the cavity protection it can provide.

I can already hear plenty of people saying “Ick, you have to rinse”. If you feel strongly about rinsing I suggest brushing, rinsing and then placing a new dab of fluoride toothpaste on your brush and giving your teeth a quick once-over – no rinsing! This allows the fluoride to remain on the teeth where it can work to strengthen the enamel.

Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your next visit. Don’t forget to ask about the most effective brushing and flossing techniques to protect your pearly whites.

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