Ever wondered if floss is really all that necessary, or whether you should spring for a pricey electric toothbrush? In fact, do you have quite a few dental-related questions, but feel too embarrassed to talk to your preventive dentist about them? Many people let confusion about proper preventive care, keep them from giving their smiles the care they need. Fortunately, armed with some solid advice about dental care, and a willingness to take the steps necessary to protect your smile, you really can avoid most dental issues, and enjoy a beautiful and healthy smile for years to come.
Is a Manual or Electric Toothbrush Better?
Electric toothbrushes can be beneficial, particularly for patients that might lack the strength or dexterity to thoroughly brush their teeth manually. That said, the most important aspects of brushing are simply doing so long enough to be effective, and with a non-abrasive toothpaste. This means brushing for at least two minutes, twice a day, and with a paste that is not so harsh that it could damage your enamel.
It’s also important to use gentle motions, whether using an electric or manual brush. That’s because brushing too hard can actually irritate the gum tissue. (Keep in mind that some conditions may actually require periodontal therapy.)
Is Floss or a Waterpick the Best Choice?
Flossing is a great way to prevent tartar buildup, because it helps to remove bacteria that tend to fall between the teeth. Left there, it can begin to cause acidic erosion of the teeth’s enamel, and also lead to gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.
While water picks can be a great addition to a dental care routine, most dentists agree that they are not a substitute for flossing, itself. For best results, you should always brush and floss your teeth. Water picks should be viewed more like mouthwash, in that it is safe to use in addition to regular hygiene, but is never a good reason to skip brushing or flossing.
Want to Learn More About Protecting Your Smile?
Do you need to schedule a dental visit? You can schedule a checkup or cleaning, by calling Newman Dental in Tucson, AZ, today at 520-296-5439.