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British Society of Periodontology defends necessity of daily toothpaste use

4th October 2016

The British Society of Periodontology (BSP) has issued a reminder of the continued importance of daily toothbrushing using toothpaste.

This was prompted by a paper published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology by investigators from Amsterdam, which concluded that toothbrushing alone may be as effective as toothbrushing with toothpaste in terms of plaque removal.

Responding to these findings, the BSP said the conclusions were not unexpected, since it is well-established that the mechanical action of toothbrushing is an effective means of removing dental plaque and food debris.

However, it noted that toothpaste offers a number of other benefits, as its include fluoride to strengthen the teeth against decay, plus agents that reduce tooth sensitivity and kill bacteria in plaque.

Additionally, toothpaste can aid with stain removal, breath freshening and generally making the mouth feel cleaner and healthier, meaning it remains an essential oral hygiene tool.

The statement concluded: "The BSP advises that toothbrushing should include the use of toothpaste as it has multiple actions and benefits which were not investigated in this review."

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