Your Oral Care Isn’t Up to Par & Here’s Why

Proper oral care is one of many life questions that has been asked over and over. I can attest to having a debate on the proper technique of this very ritual that we all perform multiple times on a daily basis. From an early age we are taught to brush our teeth, but the way that you brush your teeth may be very different from the technique of someone else. So, it begs the question, “what is the correct way to brush?”


New research conducted by University College London (UCL) discovered that the way in which we are first taught to brush our teeth is extremely inconsistent across the board, even when the instructions come from those within the various dental associations.

The study, published in the British Dental Journalcompared the brushing techniques that were given to dental patients across ten countries, paying special attention to the techniques that were used because they had been recommended by toothpaste and toothbrush companies. The study yielded results that showed a very wide array of methods, as well as varied numbers when it came to how often to brush and for how long. These numbers show that there is not one clear consensus between the sources, and depending on the advice and techniques given, can spark major issues in the health of the mouths of many people worldwide.

The conflict in methods and techniques leaves those not in the dental field with a number of questions and a large misunderstanding of the right information. The confusion about brushing is a growing concern as the health of the mouth can directly influence the health of the body as a whole.

The most commonly recommended method for brushing is the one that urges people to use gentle strokes back and forth across the teeth. This method is said to shake loose any food or bacteria lingering on the teeth or gums. With this said, there is no actual evidence to support the fact that this method is far superior to any other method.

The bottom line is that with so many conflicting messages being given among the different dentists, the need for further research into the best oral care is necessary now more than ever.


Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.


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