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Are electric toothbrushes better than regular ones?

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We all know that maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most effective ways to combat tooth decay. And that means regular brushing. But when it comes to how you brush your teeth, is it better to use a posh electric toothbrush or do it the good old-fashioned way?

We get asked this all the time and there have been various surveys performed that favour electric toothbrushes and others that favour brushing your teeth manually. There is no definitive answer. What we will say, though, is this: how you brush is more important than what you use to brush your teeth.

We at Oasis Dental Care recommend gently brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day for no less than two minutes to help your teeth and mouth stay healthy. Make sure you clean the surface of every tooth, front and back, inside and out. Hold the bristles at a forty-five-degree angle to your teeth, pointing in towards your gums.

For most of us, a toothbrush with a small head and a compact, angled arrangement of rounded bristles is fine. Medium or soft bristles are probably best. And if you’re going to use an electric brush with an oscillating or rotating head, then simply place it over every tooth in turn, and let it do its thing. If in doubt, just ask your Oasis Dental Care dentist. We’re always happy to help.

So it’s all down to personal preference. Whether you’re using an electric toothbrush or if you are brushing the old way – as long as you are doing it thoroughly, you’re doing it right.