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Manual vs. Electric Toothbrush: Jacksonville Dentist Answers


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5/14/2013
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Are electric toothbrushes better than manual ones? That’s the question debated among many dentists, and the answer to that question: It all depends on what kind of “brusher” you are.

If you have too much plaque buildup and brush too hard…

You might want to switch to an electric toothbrush. There are times when patients want to do a perfect job of brushing their teeth, which causes them to brush too hard on the gums. As a result, it can cause gum recession and abrasion.

The electric toothbrush is less dependent on correct brushing technique, which will do all the work for you without harming your gums and teeth.

If your brushing technique is flawless…

Your manual toothbrush will do just fine. If you are following a good oral hygiene and see your hygienist regularly, there is no need to switch to an electric toothbrush. A manual toothbrush can effectively get rid of the plaque in your smile as long you maintain a proper brushing technique.

When you are brushing, aim the toothbrush bristles at the gum line and move the brush in a circular, gentle motion. This will sweep the plaque away from your gums, promoting supreme oral health.

Oral hygiene tips

Whether you choose the electric or manual toothbrush, you should always bear in mind these tips to look after your teeth:

  • Stay away from the hard and medium bristle toothbrush. Always choose the soft bristles for a gentle brushing.
  • Clean your teeth in the morning and at night.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months.
  • Floss every day.
  • Clean your tongue to remove any extra plaque hidden in your mouth.

 

You have the power to keep plaque at bay, and obtain a beautiful smile by visiting top dentist in St Augustine, Dr. Freeman for professional cleanings. Please give us a call today if you are in need of a dental check-up!



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