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It’s nearly 2016 and time to consider positive changes to your oral health. Did you know that one of the simplest changes you can make is as easy as replacing your toothbrush? Your toothbrush is designed to remove plaque and to stimulate the gums to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. So what kinds of toothbrush options can you find at your local grocery store or drugstore?

Manual Toothbrushes
Manual toothbrushes have been popular the longest. Simple in construction, they sport plastic handles and nylon bristles. Easy to transport, they can be tucked in your pocket or bag to use when away from home. They don’t put pressure on the teeth and gums like powered toothbrushes do (possibly wearing down tooth enamel). These are ideal for those who are good brushers and flossers, and you just need to make sure you brush thoroughly for two minutes. Spend time on the back molars and lower bottom teeth next to the tongue where plaque likes to build. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean teeth and gums without wearing down tooth enamel. Be sure to replace your toothbrush every three months so the bristles are firm and straight.

Electric Toothbrushes
Ideal for older people who have arthritis as well as children who haven’t mastered manual dexterity yet (and anyone with limited ability to move their shoulders, arms and hands) electric toothbrushes have large handles making them easier to hold. They also have sensors to let you know when your two minutes of brushing time is up; so no more guessing! Research has shown that electric toothbrushes with rotating oscillating bristles (rotating together in one direction and then switching and rotating in the opposite direction) are better at removing plaque than manual toothbrushes and electric brushes that spin in only one direction. Finally, the Journal of the American Dental Association found that powered toothbrushes had a positive effect on the oral health of 80% of patients—according to dental professionals.

Find the right toothbrush for your needs and make a difference to your smile. At the dental office of Kimberlee J. Karey, DDS, we are happy to help you reach your oral health goals. Call us at 734.668.6612 today!