Electric Toothbrush or Manual Toothbrush?
While there is evidence that certain electric toothbrushes may be more effective in the removal of dental plaque and dental tartar, some dentists will tell you that the difference is nominal. However, both children and adults have said that electric toothbrushes make it more fun to brush and that they brush more often, and longer, as a result.
Popular brands of electric toothbrushes include Sonicare® and Oral-B®. Battery-powered toothbrushes, such as those made by Colgate®, cost less than electric toothbrushes and are available at most drug stores.
According to the Mayo Clinic, choosing a toothbrush should also include these best practices:
Be selective about size, shape and bristles. Soft bristles are a must. The size and shape of your toothbrush should allow for easy access to each tooth. Make sure the toothbrush fits comfortably in your hand.
Replace your toothbrush often. Brushing your teeth with an old toothbrush is like washing with a dirty rag -- it's neither effective nor hygienic. Be sure to buy a new toothbrush every 3-4 months for optimum results.
Since your dentist is the person who is most familiar with your teeth, don't forget to get their recommendation on which type of toothbrush is best for you.
How Much Does Toothpaste Matter?
There are many brands of toothpaste that claim to whiten teeth, remove dental plaque or improve your breath. But none of these results can be achieved if you only brush for 30 seconds. On the other hand, any toothpaste should work if you're brushing the way you should. Just keep in mind that it's not necessarily the type of toothpaste that can prevent cavities, dental tartar, bad breath and tooth discoloration; it's the user wielding the toothbrush.
Don’t Disregard Dental Visits
Brushing your teeth is an essential part of your daily regimen, but remember that regular dental visits are crucial to the overall health of your teeth. By visiting your dentist twice a year for checkups and dental cleanings, and learning how to brush and floss properly, you're bound to enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile for a lifetime!
If you don't have a dentist and it's time for a dental checkup and cleaning, give us a call. We can help you find a great dentist in your area.
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