While it may not seem the most exciting gift, you can be assured that whoever receives one will be very grateful, so I thought I would share why we should go electric with our brush.
One too many fizzy drinks or cold beers during this summer or making your way through that box of ice lollies means your teeth come under increased attack from sugar!
But fear not, using an electric toothbrush to brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste is a great way to fight back; helping to remove plaque and prevent gum disease. It can also help to keep your teeth white too.
There are even electric toothbrushes specifically for children featuring cartoon characters or linking to mobile apps which help make brushing fun. I have one that is blue tooth linked to my phone so I see which one of my lads has skipped a good brushing! Go rechargeable– as they actually do a better job.
In the UK, a quarter of adults admit that they do not brush twice a day; if you only brush once a day you are 33% more likely to develop tooth decay. So there really is no excuse not to. After all, it is only two minutes.
Brush before breakfast – Brushing before breakfast means that they teeth have not been exposed to any sugar or acid attacks and will help protect you for the day ahead.
Drink through a straw – Many of us are partial to a cooling drink in the summer and sugary or alcoholic drinks though can be extremely harmful to our teeth; causing tooth decay and erosion. Drinking through a straw can help bypass the teeth and you still get to enjoy your favourite drink but avoid some damage.
*Chew sugar-free gum – After eating or drinking anything acidic it can take an hour for your mouth to return to its natural state. Chewing sugar-free gum encourages saliva production which helps this happen quicker, reducing acid attack on our teeth.
Wait an hour to brush – This is the perfect time to give your mouth a break. Brushing your teeth within an hour can brush away tiny particles of enamel, leading to eventual dental erosion
Don’t rinse, spit! – After you have brushed your teeth rinsing your mouth out with water can rinse away the protective fluoride from your toothpaste.
- Link to the other chewing gum blog
What our dentists think:
Ayzaaz: “Electric toothbrushes have been independently tested by the Cochrane Institute and are proven to be less aggressive and more effective than manual brushing. The Oral B Triumph is my brush of choice! “ Pic of Ayzaaz