Thousands of toothpaste commercials would have you believe that a 30 second application of toothpaste to your teeth will kill bacteria, refresh your breath, whiten your teeth and prevent decay. Unfortunately, as with most advertising, it is misleading. Why? Because of biofilm.
Biofilm is a microscopic cover of bacterial goo that prevents fluoride or other antibacterial agents from reaching the bacteria that could be damaging your teeth.
When treating biofilm, complications arise. It is incredibly difficult to remove. You can spray alcohol on it all day but you will not kill the bacteria until you remove the protective coat. To remove the biofilm, you must scrub and take down its defenses in order for alcohol and other germicidal agents to reach the bacteria.
What Can You Do to Prevent Biofilm Buildup?
Reading about biofilm can be daunting and gross, but there is a simple solution to prevent the buildup: Dry Brushing. All you need is a toothbrush and a little time. You don’t need a sink, a bathroom, toothpaste, or even running water.
Dry Brushing will ‘break’ the plaque so the enzymes and other helpful elements in your saliva can do their work. Your body will naturally take care of the bacteria that can cause bad breath, cavities, and other dental problems.
You can, and should, Dry Brush as often as you have a break during the day. I personally Dry Brush in my car, especially on long trips, at stop lights. Do this when you have any down time, like during a TV commercial. Most commercial segments are around 5-7 minutes long. Chances are, you have probably NEVER brushed your teeth 7 minutes non-stop in your life. Try it and see what your mouth feels like. I dare you.
Dry Brushing can help dental patients with a variety of possible issues. One of the groups of patients that benefit greatly from dry brushing is the elderly, especially those who have physical disabilities. Just doing this can save a senior citizen hundreds if not thousands of dollars in dental expenses and trips to a dental office.
Is Toothpaste an Expensive Ripoff?
Well, maybe. There are some oral hygiene issues it helps with BUT people use it like a cure. It is not. Contact time with a brush in your mouth is the key to healthy gums and teeth. To make this easy, put a toothbrush in easily accessible locations that you are nearby often: your car, on the table near a TV, your work desk at your office.
Dry Brushing is not a substitute for actually brushing your teeth with toothpaste at night and in the morning, but simply an addition to your daily routine. Remember: it is contact time of a brush with your teeth that counts.
If you’re ready to give your teeth the best preventive dentistry in Corpus Christi, call (361) 851-8274 to schedule an appointment with dentist Dr. Don Lowrance today.