Electric tooth brush VS manual brush

Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste is essential to good oral health. Not only does brushing your teeth help prevent tooth decay, it also helps prevent gum disease, which is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults and has been linked to heart attacks and strokes. Removing tooth stains and avoiding bad breath are added benefits of brushing your teeth.

What type of tooth brush should I choose?

It doesn't matter what kind of toothbrush you use, all the research shows that manual and electric toothbrushes work the same if used correctly. The bottom line is that the best kind of brush is one you actually use whether manual or electric. Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes with small rotating heads are better at manoeuvring around your teeth and gums, especially the sides of the teeth and those 'hard to get to' places, creating a better clean. In addition, the electric tooth brushes have the following advantages to the manual brushes:

  1. Electric tooth brush makes the brushing easier as they provide the cleaning action for you. When using an electric toothbrush, it isn't necessary to press hard or scrub. Simply guide the brush while it provides the brushing action.
  2. Electric tooth brush removes more plaque and cleans reduces gingivitis more effectively when compared with a manual brush.
  3. An electric tooth brush moves thousands of time per minute versus a few hundred for a manual brush
  4. Many electric tooth brushes have different modes for different purposes such as deep cleaning, sensitive care and gum massage.

Brushing advice

  • Brushing the gum line is important.
  • Concentrate on one tooth at a time.
  • Two minutes is the minimum acceptable brushing time.
  • Don't press too hard.
  • If you are out of toothpaste, a mixture of baking soda and salt will do very well. That's a pretty extreme solution but if you're desperate, it does work.
  • Soft bristles are better because hard bristles wear away the gums, causing them to recede, they can also wear away the enamel on your teeth.

When should I brush my teeth?

Brush your teeth for at least two minutes last thing at night before going to bed and on one other occasion every day. The best time for the second round of brushing is soon after a meal.

Never brush your teeth straight after consumption of citrus fruit, fizzy drinks, wine or any other food that contains acid because tooth enamel is softened by the acid and can be worn away by brushing.Instead use a mouth wash like Pronamel to harden the enamel first, then you can brush your teeth after an hour.

What type of toothpaste should I use?

It’s important to use a toothpaste with the right concentration of fluoride. Check the packaging to find out how much fluoride each brand contains.

  • Children aged up to 3: use a smear of toothpaste containing no less than 1,000ppm (parts per million) fluoride.
  • Children aged 3-6: use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste containing 1,350-1,500ppm fluoride.
  • Adults: use a toothpaste that contains 1500 ppm fluoride.

Your dentist may prescribe a toothpaste with a higher concentration of fluoride if you need it.

Don't let children swallow the toothpaste. Make sure they spit out the excess tooth paste well.

Brush all the surfaces of all your teeth and your tongue as well. Do not forget to floss afterwards.

After brushing, spit out any excess toothpaste but don't rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash.

Children need to be supervised when brushing their teeth until they're at least seven years old.

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