Nowadays there are many different types of electric and manual tooth brushes on the market, but do you know which one is right for you? When it comes to choosing it is mostly a personal choice and both are equally affective at removing plaque and debris when used correctly. The purpose of a toothbrush is to remove plaque and stimulate the gums to prevent decay and gum disease.
Some studies do show that an electrical toothbrush can do a better job of cleaning your teeth and helping prevent gum problems such as gingivitis by being more able to reach the whole surface of the tooth from different angles but if you maintain a good oral hygiene routine every day at home like brushing and flossing and attend your yearly dental checks and regular hygiene appointments and have a healthy balanced diet your teeth should stay problem free.
There are some factors to think about when choosing the right toothbrush. Takes things into consideration like what size brush fits into your mouth, it should not feel too big and should feel comfortable holding it as you will be using it quite regularly. Choose a brush that is gentle and has soft bristles is best as hard ones can irritate your gums, this can also be said for the pressure that you brush at.
Do not brush hard as even light strokes can also damage gums or wear down enamel. A smaller brush can give better access to back teeth. Did you know that with recent technology you can hook up your mobile phone to your high tech electric toothbrush and it can detect and track how you are using your toothbrush in your mouth?
No matter what brush you have whether is be manual or electric both of these need to be kept very clean, it is recommended to change your manual toothbrush and also the head of your electric toothbrush every 3 months . Electrical toothbrushes can make it easier for some people to clean their teeth especially if you have problems with your shoulders, arms or hands and if you suffer from arthritis in these areas. Also the rotation of the electric toothbrush head can clean at a much rapid pace than manual tooth brushing and aid with removing staining. Unlike a manual tooth brush which you use from side to side the electric tooth brush you should hold for 10 seconds per tooth on the gum line. For a demonstration or further information please do not hesitate to contact our delightful hygienist Catriona at the Marylebone Implant Centre on 02034342934 or via email [email protected]