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There’s often a large focus on the importance of physical health, but dental health is just as crucial. Whilst it’s undoubtedly true that we take our teeth for granted, many don’t realize that the damage done through poor dental hygiene and neglect is practically irreparable. How then, do you best protect your smile and prolong the life of your teeth?
One thing you should definitely consider – if you haven’t already – is replacing your old manual toothbrush with an electric model. Tests have proven that certain electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque than manual ones. They also have a rotating or vibrating head, providing a large amount of cleaning action with little movement needed from the user. Using an electric toothbrush can significantly reduce gum problems – including gum disease or gingivitis – in as little as four weeks.
There are a huge variety of electric toothbrushes available, and those with so-called oscillating heads – which rotate in both directions – are especially effective, “hugging” the tooth as they brush to make sure it’s cleaned from more than one side. They are particularly useful for people with limited movement, such as the disabled or elderly, who find that using a normal toothbrush does not allow them to clean thoroughly. Electric or battery-operated toothbrushes can also be better for children, as they may be inclined to brush more regularly due to the novelty factor.
The big advantage of electric brushes is that they do lots of the work for you, and have timers which let you know exactly how long to brush for (two minutes is the recommended minimum). The trick is to use then correctly. The most common mistake is to use them like you would a normal toothbrush. Instead, simply place the brush head against each individual tooth and let the lovely little oscillations and pulsations do the rest. Easy!
Whilst there are a whole host of brands and models available, K&Co's Philips Sonicare range is definitely worth a look. The patented dynamic cleaning action of a Sonicare brush drives fluid deep between the teeth and along the gum line, helping flush out the plaque that can cause tooth decay.
Brushing manually in the 21st Century is like hand-washing instead of using a washing machine. The technology is there, so why not make the most of it and enjoy the benefits it brings?
Hope you are all doing well!