Secrets to Healthy Teeth & Gums
Q: Are electric toothbrushes better than manual toothbrushes?
In a 2014 study, an independent panel found powered toothbrushes remove 21% more plaque than manual brushes. The built in 2 minute timer is also helpful since the ADA has found that most people brush their teeth less than 1 minute.
Q: What kind of bristles are ideal?
Hard bristles are best reserved for tasks like cleaning grout between your bathroom tile. Experts recommend a soft bristle brush that will not damage delicate gum tissue. The flexible bristles can flex and better remove plaque from the gum sulcus surrounding each tooth.
Q: What tooth paste should I use?
Any tooth paste that has fluoride should do the trick. Fluoride helps prevent cavities and strengthens your enamel. Be careful of “fad” toothpastes such as activated charcoal – they could actually cause damage. Charcoal is abrasive and could wear down your teeth, leading to sensitivity.
Q: Should I floss?
Yes. Brushing can not reach every bit of a tooth’s surface. That’s where floss can help. Good flossing involves rubbing the floss in a “C” shape against both sides of each tooth.