For years, electronic toothbrushes have taken over the grocery store oral health aisle. Their claim to fame is a better, more thorough scrub, not to mention their ever growing popularity. But do they actually make a difference?
Electric toothbrushes definitely have their upsides. They can be a very reliable tool for parents to give their kids in order to ensure a complete and proper tooth brushing. Electric brushes are also more preferable for those who have lower motor skills or joint problems like arthritis – less movement for the same effect. In most cases, an electronic toothbrush is just a convenient alternative to a manual toothbrush.
Manual toothbrushes work just as well when used properly. The list below provides a step-by-step routine to brush your teeth properly, whether you decide to use a manual toothbrush or an electronic toothbrush.
- Brush at least two times a day.
- Buy brushes with soft bristles unless otherwise directed by dentist.
- Brush in sections, rinsing in between.
- Start with the outer side of the top molars brushing down, away from the gum line, then move to the lower.
- Next, the bottom molars – outer then inner.
- Hold the brush vertically to brush the back of the top and bottom front teeth.
- Brush the chewing surfaces on the molars.
- Brush the four front teeth on top and bottom, using small circular motions.
- Finally, brush the tongue and inner cheeks to ensure fresh breath.
This should go on for at least two minutes to ensure a thorough cleaning. It is also important to remember to spend extra time on any dental work you may have, like a crown or braces.
If you or someone you know is in need of a dental check-up, contact Sugarland Dental Spa in Sugar Land, Texas today to set up an appointment for a full mouth cleaning.