So what is the whole tooth about the best way to brush?
A NEW study suggests that not only do we not know the best method of brushing our teeth - and neither do our dentists or the people who make our toothbrushes.
Dental experts at University College London have condemned "unacceptably inconsistent" advice on the matter. The most-commonly recommended method is known as the "Modified Bass" - which involves "horizontal brush movements", accompanied by "vertical and sweeping motions".
However, no large studies have been carried out to determine whether it is really more effective than other simpler methods - including the basic "scrub" technique taught to children.
Across 10 countries, researchers identified no fewer than six basic methods of brushing, and a bewildering variety of advice on the most important aspects of dental hygiene: how often to brush, how long to brush for, technique, and the vexed question of to rinse or not to rinse.
The team called on dentists to provide a consistent message. (Independent News Service)