The most important method of keeping your teeth clean and plaque under control is by tooth brushing. The aim of tooth brushing is to remove plaque regularly and effectively without causing damage to the teeth and gums. It is recommended that you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time.
It is up to you whether you prefer to use a manual or electric toothbrush.
The basic requirement of a manual toothbrush is for it to have a round ended filament with a small head and soft to medium filament texture.
Manual toothbrushes come in all shapes and sizes, however it is important that the bristles of the brush are not too hard as they may cause damage to the gums.
Power toothbrushes are larger and slightly bulkier than a manual toothbrush. A power toothbrush contains a small electric motor that causes the brush and head to move. The brush may move from side-to-side, circular, ultra-sonic vibration, up and down, and in different directions.
As a power toothbrush automatically makes these movements, it may be accepted that those with dexterity problems, such as arthritics and those with damaged hands may benefit from the ease of use.
Power toothbrushes are also popular with those who wear an orthodontic appliance and those with sensitive gums due to over brushing.
A benefit of a power toothbrush is its ability to time how long you brush for. The most important aspect of tooth brushing is the time spent.