Brushing and flossing in your daily oral hygiene routine is the only way plaque can be removed from your teeth.

There is a correct brushing technique that can be achieved with both a manual and electric toothbrush no matter which toothbrush you choose to use but for many people who struggle to brush their teeth properly with a manual toothbrush, an electric toothbrush can be ideal.

Plaque is a biofilm of bacteria that  starts to form near the gum line not on the top surface of a tooth and it is imperative that you get that technique right by aiming the toothbrush bristles at the gum line in a circular motion in order to “sweep” the plaque away.  By getting the toothbrush close to the gum without pressing too hard and causing damage to the teeth and gums is the ideal way to clean your teeth effectively.

This is where an electric tooth can be optimal as it is less dependent on brushing correctly and is more effective at cleaning as well as lowering the risk of tooth abrasion, though if you have perfected the right technique using a manual toothbrush can be just as effective.

Here are some top tips to bear in mind when looking after your teeth:

  • Always choose a soft bristle toothbrush rather than a hard or medium brush.
  • Clean your teeth in the morning after breakfast and before you go to bed at night.
  • Replace both manual and electric toothbrush heads every three months.
  • Don’t underestimate the importance of flossing to remove plaque from between your teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach.
  • Cleaning your tongue is also an important habit to remove plaque as it is full of bacteria.

No matter which toothbrush you choose, the rules for maintaining oral hygiene are the same and brushing technique will always be of the utmost importance. Here at Australia Dental Burpengary our lovely dentist’s Dr Terry & Dr Neil will always be able to best advise you on the correct way to maintain and clean your teeth at home. And with online bookings making that appointment has never been easier!


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