Some common questions my patients ask me is, what is the difference between a manual and an electric toothbrush? Which one should I be using? So, I thought I would go over the basics for both.
1. When picking a manual toothbrush, one thing you want to look for is a small brush head. This makes it easier to clean the molars and those hard to reach places. Bulky brush heads make things more challenging.
2. Keep the bristles simple. No extra plastic pieces or flossing features are needed.
3. Lastly, always make sure you are using SOFT bristles! Please avoid medium or hard bristles, if you want to keep your gums.
Manual toothbrushes are effective when the technique is done correctly. Angle your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle along the gums. Make sure you make small, gentle circles and brushing strokes to actually remove the plaque from your teeth. You want to brush the inner, outer and chewing surfaces for 2 mins. If you are unsure about your technique, we will be more than happy to go over it with you and give you the proper feedback.
Electric toothbrushes are extremely effective when it comes to plaque removal. My personal favourite would be the Philips Sonicare. The tooth brush head vibrates by using sonic technology. It also comes with some great features.
1. Most electric toothbrushes have a two-minute timer installed in them, so you know exactly how long you have brushed for. No more guessing when you are finished. Some have the quadrant pacer feature. This feature is designed to divide your mouth into four sections each timed 30 seconds and it will beep to let you know when each section is done.
2. Some brushes also come with different intensity, such as slow, medium, or fast. They also have different features to choose from, such as deep clean, gentle or even tongue brushing.
3. A pressure sensor is another great option. The sensor will light up red to let you know you are brushing too hard. That is a great feature since many of us tend to use more pressure than what is actually needed.
Lastly, the proper technique, is to hold the toothbrush bristles, at a 45-degree angle to the gums and guide the brush. No work is needed on your part since the tooth brush will do it for you.
If you are wondering which toothbrush is the right choice for you, please feel free to ask one of our trusted Hygienists or Dentists here at Braeside Dental Centre at your next appointment. We would be happy to discuss toothbrush options, so you are able to make the right choice for you!
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