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Do I need use electric or manual toothbrush?

There is no ambiguity here: even an entry-level electric motor outperforms a manual one. “Electric toothbrushes can remove up to twice plate and truth help to improve gum health in the longer term” says Dr. Nigel Carter, Executive Director of Oral Health Foundation.

Two main types are oscillating-rotary brushes (Oral-B has a wide range) and a sonic brush (Philips Sonicare leading brand). The latter has the advantage of faster brushing motion, but it doesn’t really matter what you choose, says Dr. Nyri Whitley, group clinical director of dental service provider, key The point is to minimize need for manual dexterity: “It can be quite difficult to place the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle, to achieve a circular motion and correct amount of pressure on tooth.”

How much should I’m cleaning for?

Two minutes – although most of us don’t get close to it. The average brushing time is 43 seconds. says Carter. He offers parents should teach children to brush for two minutes, even if their little mouths can be made in less time since “it’s a habit they’ll keep for life.” The Oral Health Foundation’s advice is to start as soon as first teeth appear, with while children brush, and follow up the age of Seven.

Another advantage of an electric toothbrush over manual is what many now come with timers or apps that connect to your brush via Bluetooth to control and inform you how long you spend cleaning. This means that your phone should be at hand every time you brush your teeth, but let’s be realA: It’s never far anyway.

Coating also has the meaning. more Hey-tech electric toothbrushes such as Oral-B iO series, use artificial intelligence (or “3D tooth tracking”) for ensure that all areas of your mouth gets equal attention. latest model retail for mind-boggling £500, although it can usually be found discounted up to half that priceadvises Carter. I’m trying to imagine circumstances in which I would spend £250 on toothbrush, and can’t. Just do it sure you pay equal attention to the inner, outer and chewing surfaces of every tooth.

Is it hygienic to brush your teeth? in shower?

This issue was raised on Reddit forum “Don’t ask stupid questions.” The man’s girlfriend called him weird for brushing his teeth in shower, out of some vaguely formulated sanitary considerations. He said it was “a normal thing for most people make”.

The response from Reddit was basically along the lines of of: why would that be weird? “I mean that I’ll still be standing there for for a while, staring blankly into the void, you can brush your teeth, ”- scored the most votes comment.

My dentists are responsible with similar amazement. “Of course, don’t use your toothbrush as a washcloth at the same time, but that’s fine.” says Wheatley. Carter agrees: “I don’t think it matters where you brush your teeth.”

I say if you’re hung up on your boyfriend brushes his teeth in shower, you look for problems.

These are fancy water picks worth in money?

All that matters is what you brush between your teeth every day. Carter says water collectors, which use forced, often pulsating flow of interdental water can be a smart investment for people with bridge work or orthodontic braces who may be harder to clean in between the teeth (true, he adds”It takes a little of mastering so as not to flood yourself with water too). They can cost hundreds but you can get basic model for around £50.

If your oral care needs more simple, you can probably keep your money. Interdental brushes have been shown to more effective in removing plaque than floss floss, and many people find a lot of them easier to use (although you should ask your dentist what size best).

But, says Wheatley, if you choose waxed tape for floss over floss, “it’s really not that hard.” trick is tie it in loop, then fold your fingers either side of node, “like little lasso”, instead of fiddling with long bit of line. (This video gives you an idea, with some brisk music.) If your gums are bleeding, hold on – they’ll get healthier with subsequence.

Does it matter what kind of toothpaste I have use?

Fluorine is key ingredient so do sure your toothpaste contains at least 1350-1500 ppm (ppm) and no sweeteners – ah! “Don’t think all toothpastes are the same because they aren’t.” says Wheatley. “Some dentifrices and herbal toothpastes do not contain fluoride. in them. As a dentist it’s really hard not to go up and say people in supermarket, ‘Not buy that one.’”

After you have checked the fluoride content, you can look at for one which suits your needs, for example for sensitive teeth or preference for whitening.

days of ultra hard toothbrushes are long gone: now we are encouraged to tackle all aspects of oral health. Illustration: Jack Hudson/The Guardian

What about mouthwash?

If you clean twice day, for two minutes each time, you can probably do without mouthwash, says Carter – but if not, it’s “a very useful addition to your cleaning routine.” When combing removes more plaque than mouthwash, throwing This is in may improve plaque control by up up to 20%. Make sure does it have fluorine in This is, for additional advantage.

AT terms of when use mouthwash, dentist on TikTok has gone viral for saying it should always use before brush your teeth. But how soon when I mention TikTok videos, pros visibly flinch. “I saw a terrible one where people we using things other than toothbrushes to brush your teeth”, says Wheatley. “Just now, like … sticks“.

Of course: don’t brush your teeth with sticks. However, this mouthwash advice out be pretty sound

because not all mouthwashes contain fluoride. rinsing with those that have a lower concentration than toothpaste (or even more So, with water), “you are effectively washing your mouth out” says Wheatley.

The advice differs depending on mouthwash active ingredients: those containing the antimicrobial chlorhexidine, for example, should use after brushing. But in general dentists advise using rinsing your mouth at a separate time from brushing your teeth, for example, between meals.

Do I need to wet my toothbrush before applying toothpaste? on?

“You immediately put in your mouth full of saliva”, says Carter. It probably won’t change anything.

Stick your toothbrush under the faucet back before the time when the bristles were stiffer. These days even “hard brushes made made of lightweight nylon. “What happened hard in 1970s you probably clean out floor with Now,” says Carter. Majority people recommended use brushes of medium hardness.

I need tongue scraper?

Like picks, tongue scrapers weren’t taken off in United Kingdom way they have in United States. “This is not what we usually recommend as clinicians, but if people want to use them, okay.” says Wheatley. They can help with bad change in color of breath or tongue by removing bacteria that up – but if either of this is a problem, contact your dentist.

Will teeth whitening harm them?

Some whitening toothpaste of marketing gimmick, says Wheatley. “It can stop the stains building up – simple things like tea, coffee, red wine – but these won’t make teeth whiter than they were originally.”home whitening kits risk damaging more than your teeth. Many are sold online far exceed the UK legal limit of 0.1% hydrogen peroxide, with potentially dangerous results. Of 36 items purchased from AliExpress, Amazon, eBay and Wish last yearconsumer advocates What? found what 20 contain more than 10 times permitted level of hydrogen peroxide, and six contained more than 100 times.

Even if the set seems well considered, “you won’t know where it’s coming from, or even if it’s legal”, says Carter. He tells me about a case where someone used the product containing 350 times legal level of hydrogen peroxide. I’ll spare you the bloody details.

However, how regular tea lover, Whitley uses one alone, sometimes for sensitive teeth: “It’s about the balance between them.”

How often do I need to the dentist?

Good news: This may be less common than you think. traditional six-monthly check-up was created “without huge science behind This is”, says Carter. And there is less caries of a problem since the advent of fluoride toothpaste in 1970s.

If you didn’t have a filling for three or four years, yes good daily activities and free of gum disease, you can only need annual check-up, or even every two years, says Carter (who will also for free up meetings for more needy patients). 2020 study found no difference in oral health between patients who visiting the dentist once a week six months and those who observed “risk-based recall intervals”.

Turn in lifestyle and therefore diet can be risk factor, and Whitley points out that “obviously more hard to eat healthy on low income. And if people stressed out, some turn to sugar as a crutch.” In a similar way, children who “never needed one filling” may see a sudden reversal in states after they leave homeshe adds.

But, in general if your dentist tells you not to come back for and year you can trust them.

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i saw someone on tik tak using human hair to thread. Is it advisable?

If a people have difficulty argue with the real thread, Carter points out”I don’t think human hair work it is better. What about hair bacteria that you put into your mouth?

I also try asking Whitley about #teethtok trends – it’s use lemon juice and gum – but she has heard enough and does not spoil me: “No!”

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