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electric vs manual toothbrushes

September 8, 2016 6:23 am Published by

Power toothbrushes are great, with an oscillating small round head that re-charges.

These type of brushes do the movement for you. All you have to do is place the brush on each tooth.

Electric toothbrushes are great for everyone – especially those with limited dexterity and young children.

Manual toothbrushes are just as good, but you need to have the right technique. A soft bristle head is required as the plaque you are removing from your teeth is a soft consistency.

Once the plaque has calcified or hardened you cannot remove it with your toothbrush.

The technique is to brush each tooth individually aiming the bristles of the brush at a 45 degree angle into the gum.
Missing the gum line when brushing is common. This leads to gingivitis which is the inflammation of the gum tissue. It appears redder than healthy pink gum tissue.

The redness is caused by an increased bloody supply to the area, when plaque and bacteria have been left in the area. This will cause the gum area to bleed easily when brushing.

Areas of your gum that bleed need more attention when brushing. This is a clear sign that you are missing these particular areas. The most common areas are the gum line or in between the teeth.

Your dentist can help you with technique and brushing tips and they can also give your teeth a good professional clean.

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