This or That

Do you brush your teeth in the shower or at the sink? Are you team electric toothbrush or team classic? Let’s break down dental this OR that! 

Electric OR Manual

Brushing your teeth is an essential part of daily oral hygiene. According to the American Dental Association, electric and manual toothbrushes effectively remove oral plaque that causes decay and disease. Electric toothbrush bristles vibrate or rotate to help to remove plaque buildup from your teeth and gums. Electric toothbrushes also have timers to ensure you are brushing for the right amount of time. The vibration allows for more micro-movements every time you move your toothbrush across your teeth, yet studies show that electric toothbrushes don’t necessarily remove more plaque. Classic toothbrushes can be more cost-effective and accessible. They are easily found at any drugstore and don’t require charging or batteries. Which do you prefer?

Regular floss OR Floss Pick

When floss was first introduced in the 1800s, it was formed by twisting silk fibers to make a long strand, according to the American Dental Association. Now, there are other options such as a floss pick or a water pick? The question is, do you stick to the original or try something new?

 Across the board, dentists speak highly of floss picks. It’s often a favorite because of its convenience, quick use, and effectiveness in removing debris between teeth. A regular floss pick is about the size of a toothpick, allowing you to quickly floss without the hassle of unwinding a longer strand of traditional floss. Yet, traditional floss can give you a more of a clean floss by offering a longer strand to work with. Which do you tend to choose?

Brushing Your Teeth in the Shower OR Sink

Did you know that 4% of people brush their teeth in the shower? Are you part of the 4% or do you brush the traditional way? Brushing your teeth in the shower could be a great way to save time. When it is all said and done, a consistent dental care routine is what’s most important. 

Whitening Strips OR Trays 

Whitening strips are applied to the teeth for between 20 and 60 minutes daily for one to two weeks. The strips contain a similar solution to the gel used in whitening trays but at a lower concentration. Strips tend to be less effective than trays.

Custom-molded trays and a peroxide-based gel combine for extensive whitening coverage. This makes for shorter whitening times and much brighter smiles. Ask about whitening tray options at your next appointment, brighten your smile with Kaysville Family Dentistry.

Brushing After Breakfast OR Before 

Do you brush your teeth after breakfast so your orange juice doesn't taste weird, or before to get it out of the way? Depending on what you are having for breakfast, your answer might change. If your breakfast consists of food and drinks containing lots of sugar or carbs, like sugary cereals and apple juice, brushing after a meal can help reduce bacteria in your mouth and prevent tooth decay.

You should avoid brushing your teeth after eating for at least 30 minutes if you consume something acidic. Breakfast foods and drinks such as toast, citrus, and coffee fit the criteria for acidic food.

Brush in Circles OR Straight Lines

Do you brush straight across or in circular motions? Most dentists recommend brushing in circles on each tooth. This is because it requires you to slow down and take your time. Brushing straight across can cause you to miss spots on your teeth.

Another reason we recommend circular strokes is because it incorporates your gums into your daily routine. This cleans the plaque and bacteria away from your gums, reducing your risk of developing periodontal disease. 

Thanks for playing dental this OR that!

At Kaysville Family Dentistry, we provide quality dental care to patients in the Kaysville area, focusing on a comprehensive approach to oral health. Our staff understands the importance of listening to patients, and helping them to feel comfortable and relaxed. Make an appointment with Kaysville Family Dentistry today.

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