Which is better; Manual or Powered toothbrush?
- It is very important to keep mouth healthy. Main objective behind using a tooth brush is to remove plaque.
- There has not been any significant difference, but some studies suggest slightly better results with use of powered tooth brushes.
- Brushing for adequate time, brushing each surface of all teeth, brushing twice a day after meal are key steps to a healthy mouth.
- Powered tooth brushes have timers, which enables to brush for adequate duration of time.
- Powered tooth brushes have interactive apps for children. Parents may find it easier to encourage children to brush with interactive powered tooth brushes.
- Manual toothbrushes are affordable as compared to powered toothbrushes.
- Individuals with difficulty doing hand movements including seniors may find powered tooth brushes to be more effective cleaning plaque.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I change my tooth brush?
- It is recommended to change a tooth brush every 3-4 months.
- Change your toothbrush after sore throat or respiratory infection.
- Change your toothbrush if bristles are damaged.
What kind of tooth paste should I use?
- Use products with Canadian Dental Association verification seal.
- Fluoridated tooth pastes are recommended for adults.
- For 0-3 years of age, fluoridated tooth paste is only recommended if risk of cavities is high. If recommended, use only a size of rice grain.
- For 3-6 years of age, tooth paste of the size of a green pea is recommended.
- For adults a pea sized toothpaste is enough to brush properly.
Can I cause damage to my teeth by brushing?
- If done improperly using harder brush, you can damage your gums. It may result in gum recession, exposing the root of the tooth.
- Damage to the exposed root of the tooth can happen if a lot of pressure is used while brushing.
- Wait at least 20-30 minutes after eating a meal before you brush your teeth.
- Always use a soft bristle tooth brush with different length bristles.
- Hold tooth brush bristles at 45-degree angle at the gum line.
- Make circular motion 2-3 times covering 2-3 teeth at one time.
- Make sure to advance 1-2 teeth at a time so that each tooth is covered multiple times.
Flossing at least once a day preferably after dinner.
- Toothbrush does not necessarily go in between adjacent teeth. This place becomes a hiding place for bacteria and food also gets stuck in between teeth. Flossing is the best way to clean spaces between teeth.
- Flossing becomes even important for both children and adults with braces. It is difficult to clean teeth with braces.
- ater floss is an alternative for individuals who have difficulty using traditional floss.
- Cut approximately 18-20 inches of floss.
- Wrap ends of the floss around your middle and index fingers leaving 2-3 inches between to wrap around teeth.
- Wrap floss around each tooth in a C-shape.
- Make sure the floss goes below the gum line and around each surface of the tooth.
- Check with your dentist to evaluate your flossing technique.