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As 2016 begins, now is the time to ring in better oral health! One of the simplest, quickest ways to support a healthier mouth is by changing your toothbrush. The purpose of a toothbrush is to remove plaque and to stimulate your gums to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Manual Toothbrushes: Your manual toothbrush has plastic handles and nylon bristles. These are perfect if you are a good brusher and flosser. Brush at least two minutes, and use a soft-bristled brush to avoid harming gum tissue and tooth enamel. Make sure to replace your brush every three months, you want the bristles to be straight and firm to clean properly. Spend time on the back molars and lower bottom teeth next to the tongue where plaque likes to congregate.

Manual toothbrushes are the most inexpensive kinds available, and you can find them in every supermarket. They travel easily everywhere (in your bag or pocket to use when you are away from home) and when you travel. These toothbrushes don’t put pressure on the teeth and gums like electric ones, and excessive pressure on the teeth can wear down your tooth enamel.

Electric Toothbrushes: these are perfect for children and for older people who have arthritis—and generally for people with limited ability to move their shoulders, arms and hands. These have larger handles which make them easier to hold than manual toothbrushes. And finally, these have sensors which let you know when your two minutes of brushing time is up!

Research shows that electric toothbrushes which have bristles that rotate together in one direction and then switch and rotate in the opposite (rotating oscillating) are most effective at removing plaque and preventing gum disease, more so than manual toothbrushes and electric brushes that only spin in one direction. The Journal of the American Dental Association reported that dental professionals found that powered toothbrushes had a positive effect on the oral health of 80% of their patients.

At Dental Implant and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta™, we want to help you reach your oral health goals. Please call us at (404) 321-4588 if you have concerns or would like to schedule an appointment!