Guidelines help dentists and hygienists tackle traumatic toothbrushing

Hygiene instruction

While toothbrushing is fundamental to any oral-health regime, it is very important to perform it correctly in order to avoid damaging the gums.

Traumatic toothbrushing is the subject of a set of Prevention Workshop guidelines, drawn up by Working Group 4 (Managing complications of gingival and periodontal diseases and professional mechanical plaque control).
These guidelines, for dentists and dental hygienists, focus on the prevention of gingival recessions and non-carious cervical lesions caused by traumatic toothbrushing.

They define traumatic toothbrushing as “any form of toothbrush use that results in damage to the periodontal or dental tissues”.

While there is not yet any direct evidence to confirm toothbrushing as the sole factor in causing gingival recession or non-carious cervical lesions (NCCLs), “it is recognised that this may occur.”
The guidelines recommend that dentists and dental hygienists instruct and motivate patients in the performance of appropriate toothbrushing techniques.