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Electric and manual toothbrushes

Brushing your teeth is the stepping stone to maintaining good oral health. Whether you use an electric or manual toothbrush, each has their benefits. Manual toothbrushes obviously don’t require charging​ or a change of batteries every other month. They’re also a lot cheaper.

It’s importan​t to note that ​​not all electric toothbrushes are made the same. There are some that simply vibrate, and some that have rotating bristles. Electric toothbrushes are especially beneficial for those with arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or other forms of reduced motor function.

Electric toothbrushes have also been found to be helpful with individuals who have orthodontic appliances, like headgear and braces. The variety of designs and features in electric toothbrushes have also made them popular among children. Some electric toothbrushes now even have built-in timers, lights, or sounds to make it more enticing to use.

Regular dental floss and floss picks

Flossing is important because it helps clean in between your teeth. Even after brushing, there could still be food particles stuck in tighter areas. Floss can either come waxed or unwaxed, and as a spool or conveniently in a pick.

Floss picks are generally not as effective as regular floss. That is because they are shorter in length, which means they don’t have the same reach. Still, either one is better than nothing. Floss picks are also good to use for people with hand mobility issues or restraints.

Water flossers or oral irrigator

In recent years you may have heard of a Waterpik. While it is a brand of water flosser, the two have become synonymous. A water flosser or an oral irrigator is a machine that shoots a stream of water that helps remove plaque. Think of it almost like a pressure washer for your mouth.

Water flossers can be beneficial for people who can’t use regular floss. That includes people with bridgework and even people with braces. Water flossers are generally expensive and can take up a lot of space on your bathroom counter. It also requires electricity, and of course, water. If you’re​ thinking about getting a water flosser, be sure to consult your dentist in Newmarket.

Tongue scraper or tongue cleaner

Tongue scrapers come in different sizes and materials. It helps to scrape away any white or yellow film on your tongue that could be causing your breath to smell bad.​ Brushing your tongue when you brush your mouth could be just as effective. If you feel your oral health can benefit from a tongue scraper, you can talk to your dentist for a recommendation.

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