A new study shows that brushing your teeth daily can remove more plaque than the dentist would.
This could be good news for people who have already had dental cavities, or people who need to avoid brushing their teeth to reduce the risk of cavities.
The study was carried out by researchers at the University of Birmingham, with a team of researchers from the University College London.
The team found that brushing teeth daily for three days resulted in a 30 per cent reduction in plaque in the teeth compared with the same brushing for a period of two weeks.
But the researchers warn that brushing daily isn’t a magic bullet for removing dental plaque.
“We don’t think it will work overnight, but we think it could be a start,” said Dr Jana Stenner, one of the study’s lead authors.
Stenner said brushing your toothbrush for three consecutive days did not appear to reduce plaque, so the next step is to see how long it takes to see the same effect.
The team is now studying whether there is a longer-term benefit, as long as brushing daily is accompanied by a dental visit.
While the study was small, the results are encouraging, and could pave the way for more preventive dentistry in the future, the researchers said.
“This is a big step towards removing plaque from our teeth,” said lead author Dr Andrew Wylie.
However, there is one small issue.
Although brushing teeth every day is the best way to remove plaque, brushing every other day will likely reduce the amount of plaque in your teeth, but not eliminate it completely.
And, despite the research finding that brushing every three days is more effective than brushing every two weeks, brushing three times a day will still likely leave a little bit of plaque behind.
Dr Wyler said that this is due to the fact that the plaque that is left on your teeth after brushing is not as thick as it should be.
“The more you brush, the less of it you leave behind, and so you’re left with a bit of tooth pulp,” he said.
So, if you want to reduce your risk of tooth decay, Dr Wylier suggested that you start with brushing every third day, and then slowly move towards every other weekday.
Dr Stener said this approach could be very effective, but added that it was still early days for dentists to make dentists aware of the importance of brushing daily.
Dentists could learn a lot from other studies, she said.
For example, in a 2012 study published in the British Medical Journal, researchers found that using a fluoride toothpaste helped people remove more than 20 per cent of plaque from their teeth.
If you want more information on how to prevent cavities and other health issues, you can find more information about the study on the University’s website.