Have you ever heard of “dry” toothbrushing? That is, brushing your teeth without the use of water or toothpaste? It turns out that dry toothbrushing before your normal oral hygiene routine can dramatically improve your oral health and help prevent tooth decay, cavities and gum disease.
By brushing with a dry toothbrush, you can pay closer attention to areas of plaque buildup. Visually seeing these without foaming toothpaste getting in the way can dramatically improve plaque removal. Areas that are often missed – like inside the lower front teeth, and outside of the upper back teeth are more likely to be cleaned adequately when using a dry toothbrush.
One theory behind this method is that minty toothpastes tend to create a “clean” feeling in your mouth, whether or not there is still plaque along the gumlines. People then think that since their mouth feels fresh, it is fresh, and inadvertently skip over areas that need more attention. You’re also more likely to brush for an appropriate amount of time when you use a dry toothbrush. This is because it takes longer for your mouth to feel clean when you are brushing without something on your toothbrush bristles. Like dentists and hygienists’ say, proper plaque removal requires brushing for at least two minutes twice each day (and don’t forget to clean those areas in between by using dental floss or a water flosser.)
After brushing with a dry brush, you can go back and brush with a fluoridated toothpaste. This freshens breath and allows fluoride to come into better contact with your tooth enamel. Try dry toothbrushing at least once a day before your normal oral hygiene routine. You and your hygienist will notice a difference at your next routine dental cleaning appointment!
Posted on behalf of Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
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