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Study: Most People Brush Their Teeth the Wrong Way

Posted on May 17, 2012


Almost all Swedes brush their teeth, yet only one in ten does it in a way that effectively prevents tooth decay, according to Medical News Today. Now, researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, are eager to teach Swedes how to brush their teeth more effectively.

Most Swedes regularly brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste. But only few know the best brushing technique, how the toothpaste should be used and how fluoride prevents tooth decay.

In two separate studies, Pia Gabre and her colleagues at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, studied the toothbrushing habits of 2,013 Swedes aged 15-16, 31-35, 60-65 and 76-80; how often and for how long, how often fluoride toothpaste is used, how much toothpaste is put on the toothbrush, and how much water is used during and after the toothbrushing.

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Source: Medical News Today