Posts for: October, 2012
Many patients ask us which toothbrush we would recomment for them, manual or electric. The answer really depends on the patient. Both will do a great job if used properly. The electric toothbrush such as a Sonicare is preferrable for most. The reason is that it is a timed brushing session with little room for error. In addition, the electric toothbrush is less prone to allowing the user to brush too hard. Most of the tooth and gum damage that we see from toothbrushing is due to a "scrubbing" action rather than a "Messaging" motion. In addition, all of the electric brishes are soft. Medium manual brushes are just too abrasive.
Should you have any questions as to which one we would recommend for you, please feel free to ask us at your next visit.
Did you know that some elite dental offices have lasers that can aid in the detection of cavities. We are very fortunate to have such a laser. In the days of the past, when we saw a questionble area in a tooth we would put a "watch" on it to see if there were any changes in the years to come. Now, with the development of laser cavity detectors, we can now tell if a area needs to be treated or not. Feel free to ask us any questions that you may have about any new developments in dental technology.