Dry brushing is brushing your teeth without using toothpaste or water. The reason for occasionally dry brushing is to realize how to better clean your teeth without the aid of toothpaste.
Reasons to Occasionally Try Dry Brushing
Below are a few reasons to try dry brushing:
These days, most bristles on toothbrushes are made from nylon. Nylon bristles don’t need to be soaked like they did back when the bristles were made from hard bristles, such as horsehair. Nylon toothbrushes are great for dry brushing. In fact, wetting nylon bristles before using them may cause them to soften, cleaning less effectively.
Some toothpaste brands contain oils such as glycerin. These oils leave a coating on the tongue and the teeth, making them feel cleaner than they may actually be.
The above oils coat the tongue, affecting the tactile sensitivity of the tongue. This makes all the tooth surfaces feel smoother and, thus, cleaner than they make actually be. When you’re dry brushing, your tongue is better able to feel the thick, furry plaque that accumulates around the gums and between the teeth, letting you really target the problem areas.
Lastly, the minty fresh taste of toothpaste gives us a false sense of security that our mouths are clean, and our breath is fresh. If you brush without toothpaste, you will find yourself automatically brushing longer, since your mouth doesn’t feel or smell clean if it isn’t.
Remember, dry brushing should only be done occasionally since fluoride toothpaste helps eliminate tooth decay and dental cavities. Not brushing at all will allow plaque and tartar to build up around the gums, causing gum disease, periodontitis, and eventual tooth loss.
Here at Endodontic Specialists, we use dental root canal treatment to save your natural teeth from being lost. The best way to care for your teeth is to practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and a checkup.