Are Love Island Contestants All Brushing Their Teeth Wrong?

Our parents teach us how to brush our teeth from a young age, drilling into us the importance of healthy teeth and gums. However, while everyone may think they have honed the technique over their lifetime, it seems many of us are actually getting it very wrong.

Indeed, stars of this year’s Love Island show are proving that lots of people make avoidable mistakes when brushing their teeth, leaving some viewers criticising their skills on social media.

Despite being given a new electric toothbrush for the ITV2 programme, several have not been using them properly.

While electric toothbrushes have oscillating heads that spin around so they are able to clean the teeth without the user needing to move their hand much, some of the contestants have been doing so anyway.

One viewer was quoted by Metro as saying: “Why do they scrub at their teeth with electric tooth brushes?? [sic]”

Jodie B also tweeted: “Can the #loveisland producers teach the fools in the villa how to use an electric toothbrush please??”

Oral-B’s website advises electric toothbrush users that they simply have to move the device from tooth to tooth to get the most out of it and maintain a healthy, pearly white smile.

It states you have to “hold the brush head in place for a few seconds against each tooth”, which proves that this season’s stars are in the wrong. In fact, placing too much pressure on the teeth with a powerful electric toothbrush could cause enamel to erode and gums to recede.

Holly Verran is clearly in agreement with oral hygiene experts, tweeting: “How can not one person on #Loveisland use an electric toothbrush correctly!? My dental hygiene brain is exploding #petpeeve #recedinggumshow [sic]”

It is understandable that a few of the reality TV stars might have the wrong technique, with Oral-B recognising that some people “may have developed some bad habits over the years”.

The method of tooth brushing is very different with an electric toothbrush than a manual one, which is why some people might not have developed the right technique.

Instead of using a brushing action, they simply have to guide the toothbrush over their teeth. As they provide between 5,000 and 30,000 strokes per minute, these devices do not need any additional movement and can do a thorough job in a shorter amount of time.

The only thing users have to remember is to guide the toothbrush to all areas of the mouth, including the front and back surfaces, and the chewing area of each tooth.

Once learned, using an electric toothbrush rather than a manual one could help users improve their dental hygiene.

According to Oral-B: “A rechargeable electric toothbrush (also known as a ‘power’ toothbrush) can help you do more to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. Many rechargeable toothbrushes sue oscillating-rotating technology to provide better oral health results than regular manual toothbrushes.”

To make sure your tooth brushing technique is correct and effective, book an appointment with your dentist in Guildford who can advise you on the best way to brush your teeth, whatever type of brush you prefer using.