Toothbrushing: why, when and how?

Dent Update. Jan-Feb 2001;28(1):36-40. doi: 10.12968/denu.2001.28.1.36.


Toothbrushing is a widely practiced oral healthcare habit which, in conjunction with fluoride toothpaste, can help to prevent dental caries and periodontal disease. The effectiveness of toothbrushing is dependent on many different factors including frequency and duration of brushing, rinsing habits and brush type. Knowledge of how these factors influence effectiveness will allow the dental professional to give appropriate advice.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • China
  • Dental Caries / prevention & control
  • Dental Plaque / therapy
  • History, 15th Century
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Periodontal Diseases / prevention & control
  • Toothbrushing / history
  • Toothbrushing / instrumentation*
  • Toothbrushing / methods*
  • United States