Which do you use, a manual or an electric toothbrush? While both provide the care necessary to help your smile remain free of decay or gum disease, many people ask which is the better choice. Dr. Naik explains the key differences between electric and manual toothbrushes, while offering tips on proper brushing techniques.
According to the American Dental Association, both electric and manual toothbrushes will successfully clean your teeth if used properly. From there, the issue becomes one of preference. Some people have difficulty with their dexterity. Whether due to age or arthritis, in these cases an electric toothbrush often makes thorough brushing easier. Parents sometimes prefer electric toothbrushes for their children simply because kids find the electric models fun. So, which do you prefer? Remember, when choosing a brush, electric or manual, always look for the seal of approval from the American Dental Association.
To keep your teeth happy and healthy, you should brush at least twice a day, once in the morning and again before bed. Try to brush for a minimum of two minutes, taking care to reach the molars in the back of the mouth, as well as the inner surfaces of your teeth. When you brush, avoid rough, horizontal strokes. This can irritate your gums and wear away the enamel on your teeth. Use soft, short, circular movements instead. Replace your toothbrush, or in the case of the electric models, the head, often. Harmful bacteria can adhere to the bristles of your brush, especially after a bout with illness. To prevent reintroducing bacteria, make sure your bristles are dry before each use and regularly replace your brush or brush head. Correct brushing helps your smile stay free of unsightly stains, tooth decay, and even the harmful symptoms of gum disease.
Our dental practice enthusiastically shares our knowledge and skill set with patients to maintain smiles’ health and vitality. We listen. We care. Dr. Naik looks forward to giving you and others in Moreno Valley the gift of a lovely smile. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment at 951-924-2700!