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Rubbing toothpaste on your teeth 'quadruples protection against decay'

By March 28, 2012 January 2nd, 2020 No Comments

A visit to the cosmetic dentist London 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 as well.

A team from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, found the technique vastly reduced the risk of developing tooth cavities.

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.

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.dental implants London

‘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 after brushing.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that prevents decay by strengthening the protective enamel coating on teeth.specialist implant dentist London

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.dental implants London

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…read more

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