Can a Selfie Actually Improve Oral Health Care?

Dr.Alan Wishneff Boca Raton Florida Dentist Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
July 22, 2017

A recently published study showed that recording yourself, selfie style, while brushing the teeth can actually help people learn how to improve your oral health techniques in order to keep your teeth as healthy as possible.

This new study had participants prop up a camera to record themselves while brushing the teeth at home. After looking at the data, researchers found that there was an increase in the accuracy of brush strokes, an increase in the number of strokes and an 8% improvement in tooth brushing skills. The one thing that did not change is the amount of time or length of time that the participants brushed their teeth.

Co-author of this study, Dr. Lance T. Vernon stated that moat of the time tooth-brushing is a skill that is learned and practiced without the proper supervision. Yes as a young child our parents may teach us how to properly brush, but it may not last for very long. Our tooth brushing behaviors are ingrained habits that are tied to our muscle memory. So changing it up can take a lot of time and proper guidance. Dr. Vernon says, that the study suggests these recordings can help you to shift some of the time invested in improving brushing to technology. Patients can then take these videos to their dentist to get feedback on how they are doing from a dental professional.

The act of filming the selfie video can disrupt the ingrained habits of some. This could make some of the participants more conscious of their brushing and reinforce the staples of behavioral changes. Some of these changes include the process of memory formation, association and creating muscle memory.

All brushing habits of the participants in this study were assessed before the study began. They were then corrected until each were able to demonstrate a proper technique. During the study, each participant was scored on time spent brushing and skill mastery. Skills included brushing in a circular motion, obtaining a proper 45/degree angle while brushing surfaces of the teeth and the correct positioning of the arm.

Everyone should be brushing their teeth twice a day for at least two full minutes.

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