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2016 is almost here and we wish all our patients a Happy New Year! We are ready to help you ring in your best oral health yet for a healthy, happy year. One easy change you can make to benefit your smile is as simple as changing your toothbrush! A toothbrush should remove plaque and stimulate the gums to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. What should you look for?

Manual Toothbrush Benefits
–Ergonomically designed handles with special grips.
–Can easily be tucked in your pocket or bag to use away from home.
–Protect precious tooth enamel by not putting pressure on the teeth and gums like powered toothbrushes.
–Have crisscrossed, extra-long or multi-level bristles.
–Have cupped-bristle design for whitening benefits.
–Have gum stimulators and tongue cleaner pads.

Old-fashioned manual toothbrushes work best for people who are good brushers and flossers. All you have to do is brush your teeth and gums for at least two minutes, and pay attention to the back molars and lower bottom teeth next to the tongue. Brush gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid wearing down tooth enamel. Remember to replace your toothbrush every three months so that the bristles are firm and straight.

Electric Toothbrush Benefits
–Helpful for people with limited manual dexterity, like children or older people with arthritis or limited ability to move the shoulders, arms and hands.
–Have larger handles than manual toothbrushes, making them easier to hold.
–Have sensors to let you know when your two minutes of brushing time is up.
–Have pressure sensors to let you know when you are brushing too hard.
–Have brushing modes for sensitive teeth, whitening benefits, or gum massaging.

As it turns out, electric toothbrushes with rotating oscillating bristles (rotate together in one direction and then switch and rotate in the opposite direction) remove plaque better than traditional, manual toothbrushes or even electric brushes which only spin in one direction.

At Boise Dental Center, we are happy to help you reach your oral health goals this year. Please call us at 208-343-4986 if you would like to make an appointment or have any questions for our team!