Toothbrushing stands as one of most straightforward yet highly effective preventive measure to reduce the burden of oral diseases, affecting nearly 3.5 billion individuals. Alarming statistics reveal that approximately 2 billion people worldwide suffer from dental caries in their permanent teeth. However, by implementing effective preventive strategies, there exists a considerable potential to significantly decrease the prevalence of these diseases.
Presently, there is wide diversity in recommendations on toothbrushing methods. Resources produced by the oral health community offer multiple techniques, ranging from Modified Bass, Scrub, and Fone method to electric toothbrushes. In response to this, FDI aims to establish a professional consensus on the different aspects of the toothbrushing method.
Establishing a consensus on toothbrushing recommendations
Toothbrushing methods have long been debated in the oral healthcare landscape. Consequently, FDI conducted a meticulous systematic review, identifying available evidence on the effectiveness of different toothbrushing methods across diverse populations and recommended frequencies. Optimal techniques were gathered from diverse literature. In instances where evidence was insufficient, a consensus involving FDI Standing Committees and Council was reached to establish recommendations based on good practice rather than evidence alone.
The results of this systematic review and the recommendations have now been published in FDI’s flagship journal, the International Dental Journal. National dental associations are encouraged to read and share this publication with their members, providing clinicians with practical guidance for reinforcing individual-level preventive strategies during patient communications.
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FDI is currently developing a chairside guide and a patient guideline that will offer comprehensive recommendations for toothbrushing and oral hygiene. These guidelines are designed to provide healthcare professionals with practical advice, enhancing their communication with patients and reinforcing personalized preventive measures.
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