A recent study shows that tooth brushing alone has the same effect as brushing your teeth with toothpaste — but only when it comes to plaque removal.
The finding comes as no surprise, as the action of brushing teeth has long been accepted as an effective way of removing plaque and getting rid of food debris. The dental hygiene routine, however, is more than just about plaque removal. It has other aspects that require the active ingredients found in your toothpaste.
Dental hygiene, according to Fresh Dental London, plays a major part in oral disease prevention and oral health maintenance; brushing alone might not cut it.
The Range of Active Ingredients
Toothpaste is more than just a substance that leaves a minty flavour in your mouth. It carries a range of active ingredients that maintain the health of your teeth and gums. Dental professionals would encourage you to use toothpaste for the following reasons:
- It could contain fluoride, an ingredient that strengthens the teeth and prevents dental decay.
- It could have ingredients that lessen tooth sensitivity, allowing you to eat without getting a toothache.
- It has anti-bacterial agents that prevent harmful bacteria from breeding inside your mouth.
In addition, toothpaste also helps with removing stains.
The Results of the Research
A group of investigators from Amsterdam carried out the study that shows the equal effectiveness of tooth brushing alone and brushing with toothpaste in plaque removal. The British Society of Periodontology (BSP), however, says that while the research is an interesting addition to the scientific literature on dental hygiene habits, it does not mean that using toothpaste is all for nothing.
The BSP suggests the use of toothpaste because of its multiple benefits that were not covered by the study. On another note, the Journal of Clinical Periodontology will be publishing their findings soon.