There are many oral hygiene regimens available. Some dentists would advise brushing twice daily, some more than that. Some would advise using floss every day, while others limit its use to about 2 or 3 times a week. We can’t say with absolute certainty which system is best, but what everybody agrees on is the importance of using a proper toothbrush. Your toothbrush is your main weapon for your oral hygiene routine. Selection of a proper toothbrush is of great importance, and often overlooked by most people thinking that any toothbrush of a good brand would do the trick. Digital – aka electric – toothbrushes are somewhat of a new trend, one that is catching the eye of everyone since they do an awesome job cleaning the teeth. So here, we try to offer our piece of advice on Switching Up Your Toothbrush: Digital Vs Manual comparison.
What should be included in the daily oral hygiene regimen?
As we said, there is no correct way to properly clean your mouth. However, most experts recommend brushing twice daily with a suitable sized toothbrush – as we’ll explain in a bit – and use a Fluoride containing toothpaste. Flossing is also incredibly important and often overlooked. The number of times is really not that important as long as you actually do it. Finally, a good mouthwash can be of great help cleaning the difficult to clean areas, such as between the teeth or under the braces.
How to select a proper toothbrush
A number of things you should consider when selecting a toothbrush:
Size is the most important factor when you select a toothbrush. A toothbrush that is too small will take an awful long time to clean the teeth, while one that is too large will not fit in your mouth, and will not clean all the surfaces as it should.
Each brush has a consistency (meaning soft, medium or hard). In general, a medium toothbrush is the standard. A soft toothbrush should be used in cases of gum inflammation, while a hard toothbrush is beneficial to people with heavy stains and plaque deposits.
Not as important as size and consistency, but the shape of the handle should weigh in on your decision. The comfort of the grip and the material should feel right in your hand. Otherwise, consider a brush with a different length, material, color or design.
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Switching Up Your Toothbrush: Digital Vs Manual
Now entering the realm of the digital world. Electric toothbrushes are a modern trend, and an effective one at that. They cut the cleaning time almost in half, and are especially beneficial if there is something that holds you back when using a regular toothbrush. If you suffer from crowded teeth, or have braces one, the regular good ole tooth brush will never reach the shielded areas between the teeth or around the brackets, and that is where the digital toothbrush really comes in handy. The vibrations from the brush are capable of cleaning even the most difficult areas. Couple that with a digital flossing method such as an air or water flosser, and you’ll have the cleanest teeth anyone has seen.