We provide a lot of dental services in our Joondalup locations but there is one thing we can’t do for our patients: brush their teeth.
We get patients who brush their teeth every day, three times a day, but still run into dental problems. That is because the quality of tooth brushing counts as much as the quantity. You need to do a great job on a regular basis to really keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Recently in Japan, researchers found a connection between the sound the toothbrush makes on our tooth enamel and our satisfaction with how we brush. Here’s how they did it.
The research was done by Hiroyuki Kajimoto and Taku Hachisu at The University of Electro-Communications in Chofu, Japan. The researchers supplied volunteers with toothbrushes that had tiny microphones in them. The sound from the microphones was fed back to the volunteers through headphones while they were brushing.
They were checking to see if the sound made a difference on satisfaction and efficacy. They found that the frequency, loudness and pitch all affected how good a job the subjects did cleaning their teeth and how satisfied they were.
They did this by manipulating all three of the factors to alter how the volunteers perceived accomplishment and comfort. When the researchers gradually raised the frequency as the volunteers were cleaning their teeth, subjects felt like their teeth were cleaner and that the process was more comfortable.
According to the researchers, the only “reward” for brushing teeth is a “negative reward:” less dental distress in the future. There is no immediate reward for brushing teeth. This causes people to become bored and not place as high a degree of importance on brushing as they should.
The results indicate that you can reward people for brushing their teeth by manipulating the sounds made by the toothbrush by making them feel more satisfied and that they did a better job. Researchers also put in a sensor to let subjects know when they were brushing too hard.
Dental Services in Joondalup
It will be a while before anything comes of this research. The best way to maintain great dental health is through regular dental appointments. To learn more or to make an appointment, call 1300 Great Smile:(08) 9404 9500