How Your Toothbrush Impacts Your Teeth and Gums

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2016 is on the horizon and now is the perfect time to make positive changes to your oral health. One of the simplest changes you can make is as easy as replacing your toothbrush. The purpose of a toothbrush is to remove plaque and to stimulate the gums to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. What kinds of toothbrush options can you explore?

Manual Toothbrushes
— Ergonomically designed handles that have special grips
— Easy to transport, they can be tucked in your pocket or bag to use when away from home.
— They don’t put pressure on the teeth and gums like powered toothbrushes (possibly wearing down tooth enamel).
— Can have crisscrossed, extra-long or multi-level bristles.
— Can come with cupped-bristle design for whitening benefits.
— Can have gum stimulators and tongue cleaner pads.

These are perfect if you are a good brusher and flosser; just be sure you brush thoroughly for at least two minutes. Spend time on the back molars and lower bottom teeth next to the tongue—these are places where plaque likes to build. Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean teeth and gums without wearing down tooth enamel. Replace your toothbrush every three months so the bristles are firm and straight.

Electric Toothbrushes
— Ideal for older people who have arthritis as well as children who haven’t mastered manual dexterity yet.
— Have large handles making them easier to hold.
— They have sensors to let you know when your two minutes of brushing time is up.
— Pressure sensors to let you know when you are brushing too hard.
— There are brushing modes for sensitive teeth, whitening benefits, or gum massaging.

Did you know that electric toothbrushes with rotating oscillating bristles (rotating together in one direction and then switching and rotating in the opposite direction) are better at removing plaque than manual toothbrushes and electric brushes that spin in only one direction? This has been proven to be the case. Also, the Journal of the American Dental Association found that powered toothbrushes had a positive effect on the oral health of 80% of patients–as reported by dental professionals.

At Scholes Family Dental we are excited to help you reach your oral health goals in the upcoming year. Call us at 208-667-1578 today and let us help you restore your smile!