Believe or not, there is more to selfies (picture that you take of yourself) than just capturing moments with friends or ' feeling myself' photos. Also, it is also a hidden secret to a healthy and beautiful smile, according to a new study.
Initially, the idea of taking a selfie while brushing your teeth does not make sense at all, does it? You would think of water-damaged phones splattered with toothpaste, but that is not always the case. A range of volunteer people who participated in the study propped their precious phones on stands and placed their cameras on a timer.
But what exactly did the study from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine reveal about selfies and achieving picture perfect smiles?
The Study: Of Selfies and Toothbrushes
With their smartphones propped on the stands, the study's participants filmed their own oral care routine from A to Z. Depending on the participants, that may include flossing, brushing, fluoring, or just one or 2 components. According to the researchers, seeing themselves on their phones greatly encouraged better accuracy of brushstrokes from the participants though. They also noticed that there was an overall eight percent improvement in the brush skill – however the length of time they brushed remained quite the same.
According to Lance T. Vernon, the co-author of the study, tooth brushing is typically a learned practice people try to perfect without any proper supervision ever. That's the reason why when it comes to changing tooth brushing behaviors, habits and technics, it takes more time, practice and guidance.
Grabbing a selfie or two makes you more conscious with how you brush in a certain way. To keep yourself from going on an autopilot mode during the tooth brushing process, here is a tip: take your phone out!
The Way: How to Brush Your Teeth
Everyone knows how to brush their teeth, but not everyone knows how to do it well. And there is more to brushing than just scrubbing your pearly whites.
Here is the method: start by holding your brush in your fingers (not your fist) against the teeth at a 45-degree angle. Brush gently using up-and-down strokes over the surfaces of the teeth. Also, refrain from brushing all the teeth at once-start with the outer and inner corners, then the chewing surfaces, and the spaces in between.
Finish up the process by brushing the tongue, floss and rinse.