Many do not know how to clean their teeth properly established Swedish researchers.
While almost all Swedes brush their teeth, only one in 10 people do so in a manner that effectively protects against cavities.
Two separate researches from the University of Gothenburg studied the dental habits of more than 2,000 people aged from 15 to 16, 31 – 35, 60 – 65 and 76 – 80 years. Participants filled out a questionnaire in which they explained how long they are using the toothbrush and how the toothpaste is used when cleaning.
Researchers are surprised, finding that 90 per cent of the people did not clean their teeth in the most efficient way.
The Swedish people generally clean their teeth, but mostly because of social norms and more in order to feel fresh, rather than to prevent tooth decay, says Pia Gabra, the main leader of the research. Most of the interviewed participants have learned to brush their teeth as children by their parents. Even if in later stage of life they are aware of more efficient techniques for cleaning, they continue to do so under the old methods, say the experts.
The researchers concluded that the knowledge about cleaning teeth should be improved, and the statements of experts about dental health should be simplified, clearer and easier to use.
Caring for dental health is vital for the whole body. So one way to care for your good health is to keep excellent oral hygiene.
How to brush your teeth properly?
The British Dental Association recommends using a soft toothbrush with a small head, as it cleans more effectively than others. With the brush you must be able to reach places in the back of the mouth where bacteria could spread.
The best technique for brushing is by a circular motion rather than up and down.
Teeth should be cleaned at least three minutes twice a day.