Are you brushing your teeth wrong?

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Everyone knows the importance of brushing their teeth. So why isn’t anyone doing it right? Boatloads of evidence point to one simple idea: what dentists and hygienists want people to do and what they actually do is completely different.

  • We are supposed to brush for a full 2 minutes but most people brush for just 45 seconds.
  • We should be using the recommended modified bass technique in which the bristles of a toothbrush are pointed at a 45 degree angle towards the gumline but 74% of people don’t brush correctly.
  • We should be devoting the same amount of time to each surface of each tooth but we tend to brush the outer part of teeth near the cheek more than the inner parts of teeth near the tongue and palate.

What does all this mean? It means that what we have available to brush doesn’t take people’s natural tendencies into account. One study pointed out that even after people were sat down and told exactly how to brush correctly, hidden cameras showed that they didn’t follow the professional directions. Is it that people don’t want whiter teeth and fresher breath? Probably not. Perhaps it’s time for a new approach.

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A new dentist developed toothbrush that goes by the name of Triple Bristle is trying to make oral hygiene easier, faster and more automatic. It features a self adjusting 3 sided brush head connected to a rechargeable sonic handle. The idea is to make the brush do all the work and basically make it impossible to brush incorrectly. All a person has to do to get a perfect clean is gently position the brush on the teeth and lead it from tooth to tooth. Since all three sides are brushed at the same time, you can brush your teeth in about 40 seconds. Best of all, it comes with a rechargeable battery that lasts up to two weeks and can easily come with you on vacation or business trips. Cleaner teeth faster and easier – What’s not to love? Triple Bristle is available at TripleBristle and at select retailers.

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