Have you ever tried brushing your teeth without toothpaste? Studies show that this is a very effective technique. Most people apply a long swirl of toothpaste to their toothbrush instead of just a pea size drop. The excess toothpaste creates so many bubbles that people tend to lean over the sink and drool and daydream while they brush. What seems like two minutes or more is really closer to thirty seconds which is not enough time to effectively remove dental plaque from all parts of the teeth. The wetting and flavoring agents in toothpaste actually numb the tongue so people think their teeth are clean although the plaque is not removed.
So try brushing without toothpaste. This will result in a longer brushing time and more effective removal of plaque. Begin on the inside of the bottom teeth first and brush until your teeth feel and taste clean before you add toothpaste. One study showed that this technique has resulted in a 63 percent reduction in calculus in the lower front teeth and a 55 percent reduction in bleeding. Toothpaste ingredients may have many benefits but toothpaste can also get in the way of effective plaque removal.