Most of us learned to brush our teeth when we were children. We have stuck with the same brushing technique into adulthood. Unfortunately, many of us learned how to brush the wrong way. And even if we learned the right way, we might not always stick to it. Brushing correctly is tricky, difficult to do and complicated.
Researchers found that different dentists give us different advice. The researchers looked at recommendations in dental textbooks, toothpaste instructions and dental clinics. They found five basic ways of tooth-brushing and said all of them were incorrect (not correct). Most of the methods involve (include; has as a part of it) moving the toothbrush along the teeth, using small circular movements. The researchers said we should stop doing this. They said we should use a backwards and forwards movement instead (in place of).
The lead author of the study is a professor of dental public health. He said we need good information on the best way to brush our teeth. The research suggests not brushing teeth more than twice a day. This damages the enamel on the teeth. We should brush for no longer than three minutes (three minutes or less) each time. We shouldn’t use too much pressure and brush our teeth too hard. Researchers also said we shouldn’t clean our teeth immediately (very soon) after eating. This is when strong acid in your mouth can damage teeth. We should also clean our tongue because it has a lot of bacteria.
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