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Are You Using the Right Toothpaste or Toothbrush?

Genie Fletcher -- Experts believe that the effectiveness of tooth brushing greatly depends on the length of time you are brushing, how often and what products you use to perform your daily oral care regimen.

It is only sensible to learn what the differences between the toothbrushes and toothpastes are and how well you can remove plaque, tartar and debris by using them.

Types of toothbrushes

Manual—Basic manual devices with a plastic handle and nylon bristles of various sizes and levels of softness. It is the most common type of toothbrush, and it does not require any external power sources. It should be replaced every 2-3 months as the bristles fan out and wear down with constant use. It is least costly, but it requires good manual dexterity and sufficient time to properly remove the plaque.

Battery powered—Similar in design, battery powered toothbrushes are charged with AA batteries and operate with just enough power to add to the effectiveness of tooth cleaning. They are typically set to one level of vibrations which diminish as the battery loses its energy over time. The batteries have to be periodically replaced adding to the cost of maintenance.

Rechargeable electric—The most costly choice, but also the most effective as the different settings allow you to use it according to the need. The battery is rechargeable at any electrical outlet. This type of toothbrush removes almost all debris and easily penetrates pits, fissures and crevices on all dental surfaces as well as the tongue.

Types of toothpastes

Cosmetic dentists and other dental professionals recommend using the type of toothpaste that matches your oral habits. For those who consume spicy foods, stain-promoting drinks, such as coffee, tea and wine, baking soda-based toothpastes may be the correct choice. For people who are prone to cavity formation, decay-deterrent products may be most effective. The choices are somewhat confusing, and asking your dental provider may help you to choose properly. The most common choices are the toothpastes with the following properties:

• Tooth enamel strength—Helpful for patients with genetic weakness of enamel leading to frequent cavities. Special ingredients shield the enamel from acid contained in drinks and foods and typically provide-12-hour protection. Liquid calcium is typically one of the components, and it helps to protect the enamel from further erosion.

• Sensitivity protection—This type of product is perfect for patients who experience ongoing sensitivity due to hot or cold foods and beverages. The toothpaste creates a protective barrier and lowers the levels of discomfort.

• Whitening—Perhaps the most popular choice of toothpaste today, this product often combines the whitening components along with breath freshening agents. Most toothpastes of this kind have to be re-applied frequently to see any visible results and are used to remove surface stains only. Whitening toothpastes do not change the hue of the enamel. Many of whitening toothpastes are manufactured with natural products without the use of artificial flavors, coloring or extracts.

The rotating action of the electrical toothbrush combined with proper techniques, toothpastes, flossing, and rinsing maintains positive oral flora and reduces gum inflammations and infections. As part of a regular home care regimen, proper tooth brushing minimizes the need to visit family dentists and allows the patients to keep their teeth for a lifetime.


If you are seeking professional dental advice, it's time to call Shumway Dental Care. Their Chandler dentists will ask you questions, examine you, and determine exactly what needs to be done to get you back to normal. Call today for an appointment. Visit

© 2016 Genie Fletcher

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