OK, hands up? Who is going to own up to not brushing their teeth quite as often as they should do?
It seems that there are all sorts of new rules and innovations coming out that we need to follow if we are to avoid the dreaded dentist’s drill. Brush twice a day, floss regularly, chew gum and change our brushes regularly appear to be the mantra, but what exactly do you need to do to ensure a set of tip-top teeth?
Electric toothbrushes are becoming increasingly popular as people understand the benefits of ‘going electric’. Clinical trials on certain ranges, such as the Philips Sonicare range, are much better at removing troublesome stains like tea, coffee and red wine. It is also claimed that a 3D cleaning action removes up to twice as much plaque as a manual toothbrush.
The Sonicare range features what Phillips describes as “Dynamic Cleaning Action” to achieve a direct broader contact with each tooth, making it more effective at removing everyday stains and helping keep teeth naturally whiter.
So how do you keep good care of your Sonicare brush and, of course, your teeth? Well, the biggest trick is to replace your brush heads regularly, ideally every three months.
Bristles must maintain a certain amount of stiffness to effectively remove plaque, even the extra soft ones in Sonicare brush heads. After three months of normal use bristles exhibit fatigue, and become less effective. Also, a new brush head will remove more plaque than an old one.
Working out whether your brush head needs changing is relatively easy, as the indicator bristles on the second row will fade. When they fade halfway, it’s time for a replacement.