Any dentist in Joondalup or around the world will tell you that brushing your teeth is extremely important for your overall health, besides your dental health. But I am probably the first dentist in Joondalup to tell you that a selfie might help you brush them better. “A selfie,” you say? Keep reading.
How do Selfies Relate to Brushing Teeth?
Three dentists from India and two from the US recently conducted a study in which dental students were given a training session on how to brush correctly. They were then instructed to take five selfies while brushing over a two week period.
From beginning to end, the selfies indicated that the students were evolving their toothbrushing technique because the selfie was like someone watching or supervising them. They concluded that, while not a panacea, taking selfies improved brushing technique.
Sharing Selfies at the Dentist Office
Taking selfies of toothbrushing can help your dentist or oral hygienist determine if you are brushing correctly. We may be able to give you some great tips about what you may be doing wrong and what you need to work on to brush the most effectively. Toothbrushing selfies can help us evaluate and monitor your progress while providing you with real-time feedback.
It is estimated that it takes up to 30 days to ingrain a new habit into motor memory. You may have to take selfies from time to time and make sure that your changes are still “locked in” and that you haven’t gone back to your old habits.
Ultimately, improving your brushing technique can help you focus on prevention, which is one of the best tools you have in your “kit” for keeping your mouth healthy between visits to the dentist.
Talk to a Dentist in Joondalup
At 1300 Great Smile, we have two offices located in Joondalup. We offer a full array of services and even have an emergency dentist on hand at all times. To learn more or to make an appointment, call us today:(08) 9404 9500. If you wish, feel free to bring a selfie to your first appointment.