Everybody knows that brushing your teeth is essential for good oral health. Regular brushing—usually twice a day—helps clean the mouth, removing food particles and plaque and improving breath. But is one kind of toothbrush better for you than another?
Many of us are familiar with manual toothbrushes. They come in a rainbow of colors and an array of sizes and are equipped with different types of bristles. The most comfortable and effective brushes have a rounded head and soft bristles made of nylon fiber. Manual toothbrushes become less effective at cleaning teeth when the bristles are frayed and worn down, and for this reason experts recommend replacing toothbrushes at least every three months (and perhaps more often for children).
Electric toothbrushes, on the other hand, contain a head similar to that of a manual toothbrush that is attached to a motorized base, and the motor causes the bristles to rotate, often for an interval of two to three minutes. The novelty of an electric toothbrush may appeal to children and may help them enjoy brushing their teeth more than with a manual brush. And the timed operation of an electric brush helps ensure that you give your mouth an adequate cleaning.
Whether you prefer a manual brush or an electric one, choose a brush whose size and shape is comfortable in your mouth. Look for products bearing the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, an icon which indicates that the manufacturer has demonstrated that the toothbrush’s components are safe, durable, and of good quality and that the product when used normally will significantly reduce the incidence of plaque and mild gum disease. And regardless of your type of brush, flossing is an essential part of good daily oral hygiene.
At The Schiff Dental Group, prevention dentistry is our goal for every patient. This involves daily care, good nutrition, and periodic check-ups and cleanings that maintain good dental health. Request an appointment today.