As much as you hate it, going to the dentist may be the most important appointment you make this year. Having a healthy mouth is directly related to an overall healthy body.
Think about it – everything we put into our mouths; food, water, hygiene products, etc, eventually travel throughout our entire body. If our mouths are dirty and caked with plaque, that filth eventually travels through our veins, heart, and muscles. Knowing the importance of oral health is the first step to a healthier body. We went ahead and made the second step easier by laying out the many different ways to get a healthy smile :)
The Debate: Manual vs Electric Toothbrushes
Pro Manual Toothbrush– The trusty toothbrush has been around for years and is relatively cheap for the amount of work we put it through. Not only is it easily portable, but also is easy enough for the lil’ kids to use. Another plus is that since you control the pressure of the brush it puts less pressure on your teeth and gums. Too much pressure on your teeth can wear down the enamel causing pain and sensitivity.
Pro Electric Toothbrush – On the other hand, the electric toothbrush is great for people who can’t brush very well with the manual toothbrush, like the elderly or people with less dexterity. However, in order to make it effective, you still have to move the brush around to reach all the nooks and crannies.
The Verdict – If you love the results to the old school tool, manual is the way to go. However, if you wanna switch up your morning routine and do a lil’ less work to get those pearly whites – go electric. Regardless of which tool you choose, it’s always a good rule of thumb to replace your toothbrush every 3 months or when the bristles start getting soft and frayed.
Toothpaste vs. Tooth powder
Pro Tooth Powder– Ancient Asian cultures and the Egyptians used tooth powder to help keep their mouths clean, and now days, using products like EcoDent is usually cheaper and has the same affects as toothpaste.
Pro Toothpaste – It wasn’t until the 1800’s that toothpaste came along, which is just hydrated powder. With the many flavors and whitening options, it’s hard to choose just one!
Verdict – Both will get the job done, but whatever cleaning agent you use, the way you brush is equally as important. We recommend brushing for 1-2 minutes, placing the brush at a 45-degree angle so you can get the bristles between the teeth and the gum line.
Floss vs. Mouthwash
Pro Floss: It’s generally a good idea to follow our dentist’s guidelines and floss once everyday. Not only does it keep our gums clean and healthy, but also it gets rid of all the tiny bits of food we’ve been nomming on throughout the day.
Pro Mouthwash: Mouthwash not only washes away any left over debris, but it also can prevent plaque buildup with the added fluoride and decrease the chances of getting cavities and gum disease. They even make special mouthwashes that changes colors when it comes in contact with plaque buildup, so you can go back and clean up the mess you didn’t know you left behind.
Verdict: Trick question! You should do both at least once a day and not replace one with the other!