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Brushing needs no proper technique, says a study

Written by Editorial Team |Updated : August 9, 2014 12:39 PM IST


Brushing has a lot of relevance in terms of oral health and hygiene. Previously, emphasis was given on this simple daily chore to ensure proper care and boost oral health. When to brush, how to brush, which toothpaste to use, all these were supposed to be a crucial part in daily dental care. But some recent studies say that we might have gone overboard with it.

A study has revealed that there is no common recommendation on brushing method given by dental associations, toothpaste and toothbrush companies and in dental textbooks, across ten countries. The researchers from University College London found no clear consensus between the various sources, and a 'worrying' lack of agreement between advices from dental associations compared with dental textbooks.

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Aubrey Sheiham, senior author of the study, said that the public needed to have sound information on the best method to brush their teeth as different opinions from dental association, toothbrush companies and dentist might confuse them about how to brush.

The conflicting messages given by different organisations highlighted the need for research into how effective different brushing methods were, but at present, the experts recommend a simple scrubbing technique as it is easy to learn and there is no evidence to justify a more complicated method.

Here are some common mistakes the modern day homo sapiens make when it comes to their oral health:

1. Brushing too much

You might think that brushing your teeth a lot of times will help you get shinier, whiter teeth but. However, brushing too much can erode your enamel and do more harm than good. The recommended time for brushing is 2 times a day for 2-3 minutes.

2. Applying excess pressure while brushing

People who have ignored their oral health for a long time, may tend to make up for lost effort by brushing their teeth too hard. This is a wrong approach as excess pressure may erode your enamel, making your tooth more susceptible to decay. Read more about the proper technique you should use while brushing.

3. Brushing immediately after eating

Ideally, you should wait for some time to brush your teeth after a meal. Certain foods contain acids and brushing immediately after eating them can increase the risk of tooth abrasion. If you wait for some time, the saliva in your mouth will neutralise these acids. If you want, you can rinse your mouth with water.

4. Brushing only the chewing surfaces of the teeth

Brushing only the chewing surfaces of the teeth is another common mistake that a lot of people make. Food can get stuck anywhere and you must brush the inner, outer and the chewing surface of your teeth.

5. Not cleaning the tongue

Tongue too can be a breeding ground for bacteria and you must not ignore it. Rinsing your mouth is a good idea and you shouldn't forget to use a tongue scraper. Read more for some tips on cleaning your tongue. To know more about the other common mistakes read 10 mistakes that modern day men do with oral care practises.

This study is published in the British Dental Journal.

With inputs from ANI

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