When it comes to brushing your teeth, you may just have to exercise your best judgment in choosing which technique to use. Kathleen Lees states in her article for Science World Report:
Despite researchers [sic] attempts at determining dental textbook brushing recommendations, they found that experts still can't seem to agree what's the "best" way to keep teeth clean.
For instance, while a majority of advisers recommended brushing for two minutes, some also recommended brushing for as much as three minutes.
In total, dentists and dental associations recommended six different methods of manual-tooth cleaning, according to findings presented in the British Dental Journal. Most also recommended brushing at least twice a day.
Ms. Lee reports on the findings of a study conducted to find the most widely used brushing technique that analyses 66 sources, including reputable studies, dental organisations, and toothbrush/toothpaste companies. Lead study author Dr. John Wainwright says: "There's no good evidence at the moment that one method of brushing is more effective than another.”
Sifting through the material, the researchers found that the most recommended technique (from 19 sources) was the modified Bass, or brushing at 45 degrees above/below the teeth’s horizontal axis and making circular motions. Its basic version, which does not include the rolling motion, was recommended by 11 sources.
The most common brushing method, the Scrub, involves simply running the toothbrush horizontally across the teeth and was cited by five sources. Meanwhile, the Fones technique – rolling the bristles over sections of teeth - was endorsed by ten sources. Children are taught how to brush using the last two methods.
The duration of every brushing session, capped off with a gargle and rinse, also needs further review. The study noted that 26 sources called for two minutes of brushing, while 12 pegged the duration between two to three minutes. Another suggested prolonging it beyond three minutes.
While dental industry professionals no doubt need to resolve these conflicting opinions soon, the importance of regular and thorough brushing to one’s dental health cannot be denied. Residents in the York region who may be facing the dilemma of which technique to use would do well to consult a trusted Newmarket dental practitioner like Dr. Zofia Wojt, D.D.S.
Upon examination of a patient’s teeth, the dentist can recommend a technique appropriate for the patient’s specific condition. Likewise, regular and thorough cleaning by a dentist can complement everyday brushing, regardless of technique.
It is important to brush properly and floss around crowns and dental implants in Newmarket so the surrounding gums are not damaged. One will have to call the dentist for an emergency appointment to restore the implant and protect the crown from further damage.
(Source: Dentists Disagree on Best Tooth-Brushing Methods, Science World Report)