Rubbing Toothpaste On Your Teeth Can Quadruple Your Protection Against Dental Decay
Rubbing toothpaste on your teeth ‘quadruples protection against decay’
By CLAIRE BATES
A visit to the dentist always ends with the same advice – brush your teeth twice
a day and make sure you floss in the evening.
Now scientists have suggested rubbing some toothpaste into your gums after lunch
A team from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, found the technique vastly
reduced the risk of developing tooth cavities.
The beneficial effect of brushing twice a day could be enhanced with a
Study leader Dr Anna Nordstrom said: ‘Rubbing toothpaste onto your teeth
increases the flouride protection by 400 per cent.’
The researchers were testing the effect of a high-fluoride toothpaste available
without prescription in Sweden. They asked 16 volunteers to brush various
numbers of times a day and also tested out the ‘finger rubbing’ technique.
Brush your teeth twice a day to keep your heart healthy
Dr Nordstrom said: ‘This ‘massage’ method proved to be at least as effective as
a third brushing in increasing the amount of fluoride in the mouth.
‘Rubbing the front of your teeth with toothpaste can be an easy way of giving
your teeth a third ‘shot’ of fluoride during the day, after lunch for example.
Fluoride works by hardening tooth enamel
‘But this should not replace brushing with a fluoride toothpaste morning and
evening – it’s an extra.’
She added that people should also avoid rinsing out their toothpaste with water
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that prevents decay by strengthening
the protective enamel coating on teeth.
However, just 10 per cent of England’s water is fluoridated compared to 60 per
cent in the U.S. due to health concerns.
Opponents believe fluoride could be a risk to general health with potential side
effects including an increased risk of bone cancer in boys. But the British
Dental Association said fluoridation was a safe and effective way of reducing
fillings and extractions.
The latest research comes just a day after scientists revealed failing to brush
your teeth properly could lead to potentially fatal heart problems.
Bacteria that loiter in the mouth can cause life-threatening blood clots via
bleeding gums, which could trigger the rare condition infective endocarditis,
according to Bristol University.