We know how important it is to have a daily oral hygiene routine that is effective and healthy. All of our patients are encouraged to brush at least twice a day as well as floss before bed. Some patients add mouthwash to their routine and/or use a water flosser for a more thorough cleanse between the hard to reach areas of the teeth. Another technique you could add to your oral hygiene routine is dry brushing.

What is dry brushing?

It’s basically brushing without using water or toothpaste. This technique, that can be used occasionally, has a few reasons to be in your oral hygiene routine:

  • Some toothbrushes, if not most, are made from nylon. This material does not need to be soaked with water. Wetting the nylon on the toothbrush increases the softness of bristles. For a more effective and rigorous cleanse, you can try dry brushing.
  • There are oils such as glycerin in most toothpastes that leave a coating on the teeth and tongue, making them feel smoother than they actually are. It’s common for us to mistake the smoother feeling for a cleaner feeling.
  • Oils in toothpastes affects the tactile sensitivity of the tongue which makes tooth surfaces feels smoother and cleaner than they actually are. Dry brushing your tongue allows you to feel the thick substances forming on the gum margins, making it easier for you to target the problem areas.
  • You may feel your mouth is clean are a few minutes of brushing once your mouth is covered in mint toothpaste. To ensure you are thoroughly brushing your teeth, try dry brushing. After dry brushing, use a refreshing mouthwash to get the final cleanse minty flavor!

Of course, the most important thing you can do in your oral hygiene regimen is to book a professional dental cleaning with a Registered Dental Hygienist at least once every 4-5 months. Have questions about your oral hygiene? Feel free to call our Brampton dental office today!

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