I Tried It: Dry Brushing (My Teeth!)

A few weeks ago, I spotted this nugget on the Prevention Facebook page:

Fact: Dry-brushing your teeth for 30 seconds before regular brushing can cut tartar by 60% and cut gum-bleeding risk in half.

I decided to try it out, and so far, I’m a convert.

Now, I brush my teeth with a (very soft) dry brush for about 30 seconds, then follow with wet brush/toothpaste. I’ve been using a Sonicare toothbrush for years (on my dentist’s recommendation). I could definitely tell a difference in the health of my gums when I started using the Sonicare (I tend to brush too hard when I use a regular toothbrush!)—and with this new routine, I’m noticing other changes. My teeth feel smoother and my gums are less irritated. It’s a small change, sure, but it’s an easy one to make—I’ll be interested to see if my dentist notices any difference at my next appointment!

Do you dry brush your teeth? Would you try it? —Aleigh


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4 Comments on I Tried It: Dry Brushing (My Teeth!)

  1. Caitie said on

    I’ve heard from dental hygienists in the past that dry brushing is good for preventing tartar buildup. It’s not something I do every day, but occasionally I will 🙂

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  2. Meridith said on

    I have never dry brushed before. I have never heard of it but will try. I am an avid flosser though. 🙂

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  3. Danielle said on

    I have never heard of dry brushing your teeth like you suggest, but my interest is definitely piqued! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  4. ningrum said on

    Hello! This is my first visit at your blog and I loveee things you posted. And finally, I really feel like I need to drop some comment, since this dry-brushing thing is so…unusual! But it gives me curiousity, I would love to try it! Oh, and…no toothpaste at all? 😀

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