We are in the era of selfies! Think about all the people out there taking up their precious time to snap a photo of themselves. This self-motivated showcase is fueled by people who want to present their best self-image on social media. But what if we told you that taking a selfie may actually lead to healthier teeth?
VIDEO SELFIE YOUR MOUTH
A study by dentists in India and the United States discovered that people who recorded themselves while brushing their teeth, changed the way they performed this activity.
The researchers found there an 8 percent improvement in the quality of their brushing, and it was more accurate. Studies show that selfies makes people hyper-aware of themselves and raise their self-consciousness. The premise is rooted in the science that a selfie makes a person cognizant of other people’s opinions. This is called social sensitivity.
Although social sensitivity can have negative ramifications, it can be turned into positive results for your teeth. It’s already a struggle for some people to even brush their teeth. The lack of care can lead to widespread problems in your mouth and the rest of your body including heart disease.
BRUSHING AND FLOSSING IS CRITICAL
We can’t stress enough how important it is for you to take care of your teeth. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you use a soft-bristled brush to clean your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time you are brushing. It is also highly recommended you replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. The ADA has a list of approved fluoride toothpastes.
If you want to see if a selfie impacts your brushing, the ADA has a mini-guide to make sure you correctly brush your teeth. Its recommendations include brushing at a 45 degree angle with gentle strokes.
“This selfie video is a creative way to test our how you’re taking care of your teeth. It may even make brushing a little more fun. Remember that to take the optimal care of teeth, you should be seeing your dentist at least twice a year for a routine cleanings,” said Dr. Jason Kboudi, who heads up the practice at Advanced Smile Care.