Are you cleaning your teeth the right way?

Maintaining your oral hygiene is crucial for the overall health of your mouth and teeth. And of course, the simple yet overlooked task of brushing your teeth is the most important part of your daily dental hygiene routine. While one typically brushes their teeth using a brand or type of toothbrush they are accustomed to, it is good to know the benefits of the different types of toothbrushes offered.

Manual Toothbrushes

The easy go-to and most common type of toothbrush. Manual toothbrushes are sufficient enough to keep your teeth clean and prevent gingivitis when used correctly. This type is known to be the most easily accessible and affordable. Although it is the simplest out of the range, manual toothbrushes can be designed in various ways. Whether it be a more round-headed top or a diamond-shaped top which is more narrow and gets the hard to reach corners behind your teeth, there will be one to suit your preferences.

Not only is the shape a factor to consider, but there is also the density of the bristles. If you are known to have sensitive teeth and gums, dentists typically recommend softer bristles. The variations of bristles are many which means it is just a matter of understanding your dental needs and your own personal preference. Manual toothbrushes work based on how you choose to use it which creates a more comfortable usage.

Electric Toothbrushes

Although electric toothbrushes tend to be on the pricier end of toothbrushes, several benefits come along with it. It is very helpful for those who have plaque build up as the spinning motion and vibration remove it with ease. It is also highly recommended for those with limited mobility.

Similar to manual toothbrushes, there is a range of bristle heads to choose from depending on the brand. The heads of electric toothbrushes are significantly smaller than the manual ones to better clean each tooth individually. Many electric toothbrushes are designed with built-in timers which will allow individuals to know if they have been brushing their teeth long enough.

Toothbrush Care

It is important to replace your toothbrush every three to four months – even sooner if you notice significant fraying in the bristles. We strongly advise you to not share your toothbrush with anyone as it could result in an exchange of microorganisms which will increase the risk of any infection. When washing the toothbrush after use, carefully rinse the top head and bristles by focusing on removing any remaining debris and toothpaste. Lastly, try to avoid storing your toothbrush in a closed container or covering them as there is a higher chance of microorganisms growing in a moist environment rather than an open one.

Tips for Brushing your Teeth

• Tilt your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle in order for the bristles to touch the gumline. Brush gently along the gumline to remove any debris.
• Make sure to reach the outer and inside surfaces as well as the chewing surfaces of each tooth by using a short back-and-forth motion.
• For front teeth: up and down strokes are the most efficient.
• To freshen breath, gently brush the surface of your tongue to get rid of any bacteria.
• Always remember to floss!