The study, which appeared in the Journal of the International Academy of Periodontology in October, looked at the effectiveness of various oral hygiene equipment.
The result: Apart from cleaning one’s teeth with a standard toothbrush, only a few self-administered actions provide further protection against gingivitis and periodontitis. According to Frank Scannapieco, DMD, PhD, main investigator and head and professor of oral biology at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, “all other oral hygiene therapies are only supported by weak evidence.”
- Additional investigators include Eva Volman, DDS, first author, UB alumna and resident dentist at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health; and Elizabeth Stellrecht, interim head of health sciences lib.
- The use of probiotics, although promising as a preventive strategy against gum disease, is unproven.
- The researchers found little evidence that supports the claim that dietary supplements improve gum health.
“Only a handful of self-administered interventions provide additional protection against gingivitis and periodontitis beyond brushing one’s teeth with a basic toothbrush”