Mechanics say to change your oil every 3,000-4,000 miles. We trust them because they are the pros, they all say the same thing, science seems to back it up, it makes sense, and the consequences of not doing it are too severe. Therefore, we change our oil every 3,000-4,000 miles. When it comes to dental care, we the pros, Carolina Family Dental, are recommending certain steps for brushing, and people trust us because most dentists say the same things, the science backs it up, it makes sense, and the consequences of not doing it are too severe, not just on a car which can be replaced, but on your teeth which you want to have for life. So what exactly are those recommendations when it comes to brushing? We’ll tell you below, paying special attention to the benefits of electric toothbrushes.
We brush because plaque forms on our teeth and it needs to be removed, and because the bacteria that causes cavities lives in and around our teeth. It’s scientifically established that proper brushing reduces the risk for cavities and tartar (and consequently other ailments like heart problems and periodtitis, to name a couple.) The question is not that we should brush, but how should we brush. Here are some tips:
Although there are many good electric brushes out there, we like the Philips Sonicare line. They are effective, practical, and a modestly priced. Usually, more expensive brushes are up-priced for add-ons like carrying bags, multiple tips, and what not. Bang for your buck, Sonicare is still tough to beat. Just make sure to replace the tips every 3 to 4 months, especially if the bristles are hardened, stained, squished, or otherwise inadequate.
To review, if you are brushing your teeth with the right toothbrush with the right bristles in the right motion at the right angle for the right amount of time, you should be in great shape. Throw in some flossing and maybe a rinse with fluoride and you’ve really got something. And although an old school toothbrush is adequate, because of the benefits of electric toothbrushes, you may want to bump it up a notch and switch to an electric toothbrush like the Sonicare line by Philips.
We realize you can’t do all of our recommendations each time, but it is best practice. If you’re looking for a great group of people to trust with your mouth and health, Carolina Family Dental would love to meet you. We offer excellent patient care by a well-trained, top-notched team. Contact us and give us a chance to make you smile!