18 September 2008

Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste helps to maintenance your good oral health. The advantages are :Brushing Teeth
  • Cleaning and whitening the teeth.
  • Help to prevent the onset of tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Removing tooth stains.
  • Avoiding bad breath are added benefits of tooth brushing.
Why We Must Brush Our Teeth?
  • The foods that we eat contain lots of sugars and starches. If plaque combines with these sugars and starches, an acid is produced that attacks tooth enamel and causes tooth decay.
  • Dental plaque can irritate the gums and become red, swollen, tender and can bleed easily.
  • Gum irritation can lead to gingivitis, an oral condition that precedes gum disease (periodontitis).
  • If plaque is not removed, the gums can eventually start to pull away from the teeth. When this happens, bacteria and pus-filled pockets can develop and the bone that supports the teeth can be destroyed. Once the bone is destroyed, the teeth will loosen and/or require removal.
  • Brushing your teeth removes plaque from the tooth surfaces while flossing removes plaque from in between the teeth. High recommends that you brush the teeth twice a day for about two minutes, after eating.
Optimal Tooth Brushing Techniques
  • Tooth BrushingUse a small amount of ADA-approved toothpaste.
  • Hold the brush at a 450 angle.
  • Use gentle and short strokes, moving your toothbrush back and forth while brushing the outside areas of your upper and lower molars.
  • Use the same motions and brush the outside areas of your upper and lower incisors.
  • Using back and forth motions, brush the biting surfaces of your upper and lower molars.
  • Brush the insides of your upper and lower molars with the same back and forth brushing motion.
  • With the tip of your brush, brush the inside areas of your upper and lower incisors using gentle up and down strokes.
  • Brush the tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh. In order to maintain good oral hygiene, it is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, use an oral rinse, eat a well balanced diet and visit your dentist for regular check ups.
Which One Shoud I choose : Electric or Manual?
Deciding whether to buy an electric or manual toothbrush basically depend to what you desire as far as comfort and convenience. Oral health experts believe that brushing with an electric toothbrush can be more effective than using a manual toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes are designed to replicate the functionality of the professional brushes used by dentists for in-office cleanings.

Advantages of Electric Toothbrush
When used correctly, an electric toothbrush can be more effective than a manual toothbrush in removing plaque from the teeth and gum line, because eectric teeth brush :
  • Tooth BrushIncrease brushing time while helping users reach difficult areas of the mouth.
  • Have a setting that notifies the user when to stop brushing.
  • Helps to prevent over-brushing that can damage tooth enamel and foster gum recession.
  • Usually have larger handles, which are great for kids, older adults and people who suffer from arthritis.
The best toothbrush to buy is an extra soft bristled brush with a small head that fits easily in your mouth and has a handle that feels comfortable in your hand.Tooth Brush
  • Provide more flexibility than electric toothbrushes.
  • Help to reach difficult areas of the mouth.
  • Offer convenient accessories that aid oral hygiene, such as built-in tongue scrapers that can be more effective in cleaning the tongue than brushing.
  • Be sure to replace your toothbrush (or toothbrush head) every three months or sooner if the bristles start to fray or wear out.

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