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It’s impossible to overstate the importance of oral hygiene. But, how do you know if your routine is being hindered by using the wrong products?

From the stiffness of your toothbrush’s bristles to the variety of flosses and mouthwash, it can be hard to know which devices are truly giving you the most bang for your buck. And, more importantly, which is best for your smile.

Soft Bristles Are Key

Yes, you read correctly. There is a spectrum of bristle softness in the toothbrush world. Yes, you read correctly. There’s a whole variety of soft to hard bristles for you to choose from when choosing the right brush.

Our recommendation? Always go for the softer bristles. Hard bristles might seem like a good idea to scrub away the bacteria, but the truth is, soft bristles will do just as good of a job and won’t damage your gums or teeth. 

When the bristles on your toothbrush are too hard, you can cause damage to your gums, causing things like gingivitis, receding gums, and even opening an opportunity for an infection.

Softer bristles are just as effective as tough bristles for getting in amongst the bacteria and ridding your smile of anything potentially harmful.

Manual vs Electric

Electric toothbrushes can be more expensive, most of the time because they cost more to manufacture. But is there a difference between brushing with a manual and the results from brushing with an electric toothbrush?

The truth is, as long as you’re brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day, it doesn’t matter whether your toothbrush is manual or electric.

Electric toothbrushes can feel more convenient, but they’re often more pricey than manual. So, when does the commitment to convenience become a burden? And, is it worth it?

The Correct Way To Brush Your Teeth

Both manual and electric toothbrushes do the job when it comes to reducing plaque, keeping your gums healthy, and your breath fresh. Infact, the most important thing about brushing is the technique you use.

There’s no militant right or wrong way to brush, but there are things that you should remember while brushing to make sure you’re giving your smile the best chance at being as healthy as it can.

Things like brushing for at least two minutes, brushing the backs of your teeth, and you can scrub your tongue lightly to remove any bacteria stuck there from when you last ate.

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If you want further advice on how to give your smile the best long-lasting brightness, look no further than Woodborough House Dental Clinic in Reading. Call our team to discover how you can start your journey to a fresh, new smile.

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