By Dr. Alina, Nov 3 2015 02:00PM
Healthy gums mean that you are doing a fantastic job in taking proper care of your oral hygiene no matter what you brush with. As long as you have healthy gums the only thing that you have to take into account is the toothpaste that you use. To prevent the future erosion of your enamel please take into consideration the abrasiveness of your toothpaste. Dr. Alina recommends any toothpaste with an abrasiveness value of 70 or less. Please see the chart below for our recommendations:
If you have been diagnosed with gum disease our recommendations are a little different because you are dealing with a lifelong disease that you can never fully eliminate, but you can keep it under control with proper care. In this case the type of toothbrush that you use is very important. The presence of plaque is the factor that makes microbes stick together and produces inflammation. The plaque is what we need to eliminate entirely by proper brushing. We recommend and electric toothbrush in this situation because of the number of brushstrokes that they provide. The number of brushstrokes that an electric powered toothbrush can provide in a minute of brushing is far more than that of manual toothbrush.
The most important thing to remember in regards to your toothbrush is to change it every three months, be it the head of an electric toothbrush or the entire manual toothbrush. After three months the bristles start to wear off and the amount of plaque that the toothbrush can effectively remove is reduced by up to 27%!
Happy Brushing Everyone!