The electric toothbrush or manual, it is one of the most present objects in our daily hygienic routine. But there is no single one that works for everyone. A good example of this is the wide variety of options available on the market.
How to properly brush your teeth in seven easy steps
Choosing the one that best suits us can be a challenge. To help you, we explain what are the main types of toothbrushes and what each of them offers you.
Manual or electric?
Electric toothbrushes have different types, depending on the movement: rotating, oscillating and there are even those that do both. An electric one generally requires charging, but we may think that it does some of the work for us.
According to Guides of the Spanish Society of Periodontology and OsseointegrationBoth manual and electric toothbrushes are effective in removing plaque that builds up on teeth. But experts also admit that it has been shown that Rechargeable electrics are a bit better than manual ones.
According to a review published in Cochrane, round electric heads can reach remove up to 11% more plaque than manual brushes. However, for people with gum problems, loose teeth or sensitivity, vibrations can be annoying and even painful.
In these cases, a manual one, provided we have the proper technique, can help us control the pressure on the teeth. The General Council of Dentists of Spain explains in this video the best way to brush our teeth with a manual toothbrush.
Four interesting electric models
1. If you want an electric toothbrush with the basic applications for an affordable price, the Oral-B PRO 2 2000 CrossAction is your model. Its round head cleans better for healthier gums. It also protects your gums with the pressure sensor that alerts you if you brush too hard.
It also checks that you brush for the right time with the professional two-minute timer and features two brushing modes: Daily Cleaning and Gum Care, the battery lasts two weeks. Its price is 60 euros, but you can find it currently on offer for 36 euros.
2. If you are looking for a more sophisticated one, we could call it a “smart toothbrush”, which adds functions such as 3D reading of your dental surface to decide which is the best brushing method, which suggests and applies the appropriate pressure, which recommends a time of optimal washing according to the state of your teeth, etc., in this case the recommendation is the brush Oral-B iO 9n.
It presents an interactive screen with recharge notices and seven smart modes to customize brushing:
- Daily cleaning
- Gum Care
- Intense Cleaning
- Lingual Cleaner
It is an iO magnetic technology toothbrush, which effectively pushes energy to the end of each filament and integrates Oral-B’s emblematic round brush with microvibrations. Its price is 279.99 euros, although currently is on sale for 209.99 euros.
3. Now, if what you are looking for, on the other hand, are brushes for more reasonable prices and in more advanced technologies, you can try with the iWhite Sonic Toothbrush, which has a battery that lasts three months, a charger. small size with USB charging and heads with activated carbon to remove stains. Its price is 40 euros per unit.
Four. And finally, if what you want is an optimal relationship between price, quality and a recognized brand, this brush Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean HX6830 / 44. Although its price is 90 euros, is currently on sale for 80 euros.
Hard or soft?
There are brushes with bristles soft, medium and hard. One of high hardness is only advisable in cases in which, after brushing our teeth with a light intensity, we have the feeling that the cleaning has not been effective or we suffer from tartar.
But we must be careful because they can cause the gums to recede and damage the enamel of the teeth.
Also, by not bending well, we can miss areas under the gums and between the teeth. According to a study published in Journal of Periodontology, people who brush with stiffer bristles have 11% more bleeding from the gums. A soft brush, on the other hand, clean teeth without doing more damage.
Rounded or straight?
There are as many bristle shapes as there are colors. We must choose the design that best suits our mouth, such as the size of the teeth, whether or not there is space between them, whether we use braces, prostheses, etc.
Both are equally effective although, regardless of the shape, it is best to opt for brushes that have bristles of the same size and, if possible, in a round shape because they offer greater protection when brushing.
Non-slip or normal handle?
The shape and design of the handle will depend on how best to hold the brush. Non-slip silicone handles, for example, are usually a good starting point because they have a more comfortable and secure grip, especially if we have wet hands.
What is clear is that the handle has to be big enough that we can hold it comfortably by hand.
Small or big-headed?
The brush heads come in different sizes, largely to fit adults or children. It is important to choose a head that adapts well to the size of our mouth, so, if we have a small mouth, a small head is preferable.
This also allows greater accessibility to all areas of the mouth, including the posterior molars, one of the most difficult to access areas. It is also calculated that the best head is the one whose length covers the area of two to three teeth at a time.
Too big a brush, on the other hand, will not be able to reach the back teeth and mouth, where bacteria can spread. If we have doubts, it is best to start with a smaller one and increase the size until we find the one that best suits us.
In the case of wearing dental braces, there are brushes specially designed for this purpose. They have V-shaped bristles that allow thorough cleaning around the appliances.
These types of brushes are often used when the space between the teeth is open because they allow to remove bacterial plaque more effectively. The General Council of Dentists of Spain advises choosing the one that best suits the separation of our teeth and “use it at least once a day and no toothpaste. ”
Seek professional advice
A good way to choose the best toothbrush for us is to consult with the dentist. In this way we ensure that it has undergone rigorous quality control tests. We can also look for brushes that have earned the seal of approval from a dental association.
The toothbrush also needs us to take care of it
Keeping the toothbrush in good condition will make our oral health care much more effective. Therefore, we must not forget these tips:
- Wash with soap and water after brushing our teeth. There should be no food residues or toothpaste between the bristles.
- Wash the mango. The accumulation of dirt in this part can also favor the proliferation of fungi.
- Dry the brush. After rinsing it, it is important to dry it a little with small strokes in the sink, to remove any traces of water that may remain.
- Store it in an airy place. If we leave it covered in a humid place, what it will do is accumulate even more humidity in an object that is already so on its own. We will only use the cedar tops to protect it if we go on a trip.
- Wet the brush before washing. Moistening it a little softens the cedars and helps extend their life.
How to properly brush your teeth in seven easy steps
- Us we will rinse the mouth to remove large solid remains that may have gotten stuck between the teeth.
- Us we will pass an interproximal brush between the base of the teeth and molars, always taking care not to cause injury.
- We will rinse again mouth with water to remove the removed remains.
- Us we will floss to remove trapped debris where the teeth are closest together; We will do it with great care not to damage our gums, since the thread can be sharp; To do this, instead of pulling inward if we see that the thread is reluctant to pass to the insterstice, we will slide it back and forth, as if we were sawing, until it gets between the teeth.
- We will return to rinse our mouths, this time with a mouthwash, for at least one minute. It is convenient once a day to use a mouthwash with alcohol to eliminate possible saprophytes that remain in hidden areas of implants, bridges and covers, but the rest of the time we will do it with one without alcohol. We must also avoid chlorhexidrine.
- We will go to brush our teeth with an up and down broom motion and both on the inside and outside, as if we finished eliminating remains, which is what we essentially seek to achieve. The right brushing should last two to three minutes and we must also pass the brush on a broom over the plateau of the molars, especially in the case of pastes with fluoride, so that this element is deposited in areas of cavities and acts as an alkalizer and biocide.
- Finally we will rinse ourselves for remove toothpaste residue.
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