We all know that brushing is essential for healthy teeth and gums, but researchers and dentists from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden have a tip that will save you one brushing session a day: rub the toothpaste onto your teeth and gums and massage it in. Doing so gives your teeth a "shot" of fluoride that will keep them protected all afternoon.
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The study, published in the journal Acta Odontologica Scandinavica, does have one catch: you have to use a high-fluoride toothpaste in order to get the full 400 per cent improvement in cavity-fighting protection. Aside from that, the study suggested that massaging the front of your teeth with said toothpaste is not only just as good as brushing your teeth after lunch, it's so much better the results were startling.
The researchers also note that this isn't meant to replace morning and evening brushings -- it should be considered an extra way to offer even more protection to your teeth over the course of a long day, and especially during mid-day when many of us are too busy to brush. Do you brush in the middle of the day, or just in the mornings and evenings? Willing to give the massage method a try? Share your thoughts on the study in the comments below.