“Electric toothbrushes, are they better than a manual brush?” After speaking to a patient recently about the pros and cons of electric toothbrushes, we thought we would share some of the hints and tips around electric and manual toothbrushes.  What do you use at home?  Patients report to us a mixed use of electric and manual brushes, sometimes using a manual in the morning and electric at night.  Even among our team, there are “team manual” and “team electric”.  Personal preference plays a large part in selection.

Electric toothbrushes are highly researched and developed to produce a quality, efficient, reliable product.  Research has shown the Oral B electric toothbrush to be the best toothbrush electric or manual for effective cleaning of teeth.  This toothbrush uses an oscillating motion, with a small circular brush head.  This is ideal for maneuvering around tight spaces and reaching back teeth.

The Oral B toothbrush is rechargeable and fully waterproof, so no need for concern in wet areas like the bathroom.  The whole family can use the one brush, and the colour-coded rings make it easy to identify whose brush head is whose.  It is the electric toothbrush we recommend should you wish to use one.  Being gentle and letting the toothbrush do the work is most important with the electric toothbrush-don’t brush with it!  Hold the brush gently on the teeth and let it do the work for you.   More information can be found at: https://www.oralb.com.au/en-au/products/electric-toothbrushes

Manual toothbrushes have been around since 619, and were first found in China and made of hogs’ bristles.  Thankfully the modern toothbrush is a small, soft and carefully made product.  Look for a manual brush with soft or extra soft bristles to minimise damage and a small head for reaching back teeth.  The simple looking toothbrushes are gentler on the teeth and gums.  Use a gentle, circular motion to move around your mouth, spending time reaching all surfaces of the teeth towards the cheeks and towards the tongue.  Our team is happy to show you how to refine your brushing technique.  We have both plastic and bamboo manual toothbrushes available here.

What about all the waste?  Don’t forget you can recycle all toothbrushes and electric brush heads at the practice, along with their packaging.  Your old toothpaste tubes are welcome too.  Please bring them in with you anytime so we can recycle our plastic waste.  For more information:  https://adelaidecitydentalcare.com.au/dental-care-for-you-and-the-environment/

Hooray for Spring!  We have had enough of the cold weather here and the dawn of Spring makes us smile broader than usual.  It doesn’t matter if the warmth hasn’t quite reached us completely, it is on its way, and that’s what counts.  September is normally finals footy time which sees the traditional rivalries between Port and Crows supports among us.  After quite dismal seasons for both of our teams, we will be quiet around grand final weekend here.

See you in the clinic!


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