Tooth Brushing Selfies

A recent study conducted by Case Western Reserve University has found that recording yourself with your phone while brushing can help improve oral health. The recorded selfie videos can then be shown to your dentist, and he or she can help give you feedback on how to improve your technique.

Many people don’t realize, for instance, that you should hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums. It’s far more effective than holding it straight out to the side. Another common problem is actually brushing too vigorously. Although it may seem like the harder, the better, not only is it unnecessary but it can damage your teeth and gums. Brushing too forcefully can wear away at the enamel on the teeth and can damage the gums.

One tip is to focus on brushing one tooth at a time. This will help you be mindful of using short strokes instead of broad ones that sweep the entire row of teeth. When using big, broad sawing strokes, you miss the spaces between each tooth as your brush just grazes the surfaces. You’re also more likely to be applying too much pressure when brushing this way. Damaging the enamel on your teeth can lead to sensitivity issues as well.

The size and shape of your toothbrush also matter. There’s not necessarily a one size fits all. Your toothbrush should fit comfortably in your mouth and be small enough to reach all the nooks and crannies that are unique to your oral composition but big enough to clean effectively.

After recording your own oral care routine, you can show it to Dr. Kerbel to get feedback and tips for how to maximize your effectiveness. Another great thing about this is it gets you focused on your brushing and mindfulness is a great way to enhance your routine. You can also use the timer on your phone to help motivate brushing for a full three minutes twice a day. Sometimes, due to the stresses of day-to-day life we can have trouble accurately estimating how much time has gone by when brushing.

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