What Kind of Toothbrush should I Use?
There are so many different toothbrushes available nowadays but they fall into two categories:
- Electric toothbrushes
- Manual toothbrushes
Electric toothbrushes can come in circular heads which oscillate or rectangular heads which vibrate.
Many people believe that all they need to do is drag their electric toothbrush from one tooth to the other but this is incorrect. You should still be moving your brush in little circles with gentle pressure. This will effectively remove the plaque without causing your gums to recede and your tooth to wear away.
We suggest buying your electric toothbrushes from a trusty source as some cheaper models from overseas will continuously rotate instead of oscillate and can cause damage to your gums and teeth.
Manual toothbrushes are available in extra-soft, soft, medium or hard. All dentists will recommend the use of either extra-soft or soft toothbrushes and will tell you that medium and hard toothbrushes are just a marketing tool.
Medium and hard toothbrushes will not clean your teeth any better than a soft brush. In fact, medium and hard toothbrushes often lead to sensitivity from gum recession and abrasion lesions (wearing of the neck of the tooth). Both of these outcomes are irreversible – unfortunately, we cannot regrow your gum or tooth.
Our advice – throw away your medium and hard toothbrushes and stock up on soft toothbrushes!
Which one do I use?
We always say that the choice between an electric toothbrush and a soft manual brush is a personal preference. Good tooth brushing is achievable with both as long as you have the right technique. Pay us a visit and we’ll be more than happy to discuss your tooth brushing technique.