3030 Lincoln Ave #121, Coquitlam

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.

Brushing Technique

  1. Always use a soft bristle tooth brush with different length bristles.
  2. Hold tooth brush bristles at 45-degree angle at the gum line.
  3. Make circular motion 2-3 times covering 2-3 teeth at one time.
  4. 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.

Flossing Technique

  1. Cut approximately 18-20 inches of floss.
  2. Wrap ends of the floss around your middle and index fingers leaving 2-3 inches between to wrap around teeth.
  3. Wrap floss around each tooth in a C-shape.
  4. Make sure the floss goes below the gum line and around each surface of the tooth.
  5. Check with your dentist to evaluate your flossing technique.
Lincoln Dental Center

Experienced dentists committed to provide compassionate and excellent quality dental care. Serving Tri-Cities, Coquitlam , Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody $$$

3030 Lincoln Ave #121,
Coquitlam , V3B 6B4 , Canada
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