There is some very good evidence that replacing a manual toothbrush with an electric toothbrush can help in reducing plaque and the risk of gingivitis.
The Cochrane Oral Health Group published a review1 that summarized over 50 studies from 1964-2011. A majority of the studies tested the effects of a rotating oscillating electric toothbrush against a manual ...
My short answer is : Brushing your tooth without toothpaste will not cause a greater amount of micro-scratches than if you were to use toothpaste.
To begin, tooth paste, is a product most often made of abrasive substances that increases the scrubbing power of the toothbrush bristles. Some kinds of toothpaste can also accomplish other things, such as ...
The previous answer does not refer to clinical studies so I thought I would have a look.
TLDR; the clinical studies I've seen suggest not to rinse with water after brushing.
According to Doméjean, et al. (2018), you should not rinse after brushing.
For maximizing the topical effect of the fluoride toothpaste, patients should be encouraged to spit out ...
The short answer is NO
The long answer is: If time is of concern, ask your oral health professional whether an electric toothbrush can improve your cleaning enough so that 2 minutes of brushing are sufficient.
As stated in another question on Health.Stackexchange:
it is the physical movement of the bristles of the brush that removes
plaque that ...
From a medical/dental standpoint, flossing and brushing with or without toothpaste is the best way of eliminating plaque, which can cause cavities and gum disease.
For the philosophical aspect of your question:
If you had to chose between the two (and you should be doing both!), I would floss, since floss reaches more easily between the teeth than the ...
All toothbrushes can damage your gums. It all depends on the length of time and pressure applied whilst brushing.
The recommended brushing time is 2 minutes and there is a recommendation that you only apply the pressure of
up to two minutes and with greater pressure up to 150 grams of pressure, which is about the weight of an orange.
“Although we ...
Q: When using a Philips Sonicare toothbrush with pressure sensor, is it possible to cause gum damage when pushing too hard?
Yes, absolutely. That is the reason for the pressure sensor. It warns the user but the user may override this warning and continue. But see hte last quote on how influential pressure force is across the board.
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Not rinsing after tooth brushing may somewhat increase the effectiveness of fluoridated toothpaste, but the evidence is inconsistent and the effect can vary greatly among individuals.
One possible explanation for inconsistent effect: not rinsing after brushing appears to be only beneficial if you are at a high risk of getting cavities.