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With the dawn of a new year, now is the time to make positive changes to your oral health. One of the easiest changes you can make can be as simple as replacing your toothbrush. A toothbrush’s purpose is to remove plaque and stimulate your gums to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. If you visit the toothbrush aisle at your local store, you will find the following choices:

Manual Toothbrushes
These have been around the longest and come with plastic handles and nylon bristles. Perfect for those who are good brushers and flossers, you just need to brush thoroughly for two minutes. Find a soft-bristled brush to avoid harming gum tissue and wearing down tooth enamel. Replace your brush every three months and you are good to go! Be sure to clean the back molars and lower bottom teeth next to the tongue where plaque likes to accumulate.

Manual brushes are easiest to transport, you can tuck it in a pocket or bag to use when you are away from home. They don’t put pressure on the teeth and gums like the electric ones (which could wear down your tooth enamel).

Electric Toothbrushes
These are good for children and older people with arthritis (and for people with limited ability to move their shoulders, arms and hands). They also have larger handles making them easier to hold. Additionally, they have sensors to let you know when your two minutes of brushing time is up.

Research has shown that electric toothbrushes with bristles that rotate together in one direction and then switch and rotate in the opposite direction–rotating oscillating–are most effective at removing plaque and preventing gum disease than manual toothbrushes and electric brushes which only spin in one direction. And finally, the Journal of the American Dental Association reported that dental professionals discovered that powered toothbrushes had a positive effect on the oral health of 80% of their patients.

At the dental office of David A. Browne we are excited to help you achieve all your oral health goals. We invite you to call us at 815-344-6811 today!