Brushing your teeth seems relatively straight forward. Many dentists recommend that, in addition to flossing, brushing your teeth twice a day is a solid defense against tooth decay and general discoloration. However, there still seems to be discussion over which toothbrush is actually better for your teeth — manual or electric?
Assuming you follow proper brushing techniques, using a standard toothbrush and some toothpaste is all you really need to brush your teeth effectively. In fact, most dentists agree that the secret to preventing tooth decay isn’t the toothbrush you’re using, but how you’re using it. For most people, however, following proper brushing techniques is easier said than done.
If you have difficulty reaching all the surfaces of your teeth, an electric toothbrush could improve your oral hygiene and help prevent future tooth decay. Here are some things to think about when deciding which toothbrush is right for you.
If you travel frequently, or don’t have storage space to spare, it’s worth determining which style of toothbrush would be the most convenient for you. Electric toothbrushes come with bulky chargers and can be difficult to store if you have space constraints. Manual toothbrushes come in a wide variety of styles, heads, bristles and even colors, and are much simpler to transport and store than their electric counterparts.
Most electric toothbrushes are more expensive than standard ones. However, if you’re a lazy brusher (and now is the time to admit it), an electric toothbrush could actually save you money. Studies have shown that, when used correctly, electric toothbrushes can remove more plaque from your teeth than manual ones. If an electric toothbrush improves your overall oral health, the money you could save paying for fewer fillings or emergency visits to your dentist is well worth the initial cost.
Additionally, electric toothbrushes typically come with one to three replacement brushes. When the time comes to replace your toothbrush head every three months, you won’t have an additional expense.
Although your brush isn’t the make-or-break factor for keeping your mouth healthy, the pulses of an electronic toothbrush can allow you to reach surfaces of your teeth that you may not even realize you were neglecting. Your toothbrush can’t do all the work, but if you invest in a good one, it certainly can help. Moreover, you can help maintain your oral health with regular brushing and flossing and by generally avoiding tough foods.
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When it comes to choosing a toothbrush, make sure you choose a brush that matches your oral health and lifestyle needs. It’s important to find a brush you like as well as one protects your pearly whites.
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Whichever toothbrush you choose, the secret really lies in how you use it. Brushing your teeth correctly can help prevent tooth decay, yellowing, cavities, gingivitis and more. Use the following steps to ensure you’re brushing your teeth correctly and protecting your beautiful smile.
- Gently brush theouter surfaces of your upper teeth with soft, short strokes; repeat on your lower teeth.
- Gently brush theinner surfaces of you upper teeth with soft, short strokes; repeat on your lower teeth.
- Pay special attention to your gum line, harder-to-reach back teeth and any areas where you’ve had tooth decay or restoration work done before.
- For fresh breath, gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria.
Brushing your teeth should take a total of two minutes. Most dentists recommend using a stop watch or cell phone to time brushing your teeth until you’re comfortable doing so for the entire two minutes.
As always, remember to floss!