Electric or manual toothbrush

Choosing the best toothbrush for each person is not an easy task. In addition to the range of soft, hard, straight, flexible, and curved toothbrushes, electric toothbrushes come into play. But are the latter really recommended, or is it better to rely on the traditional manual toothbrush?

First of all, electric toothbrushes make cleaning easier and more comfortable than manual toothbrushes. According to the periodontal health guide of the European Federation of Periodontology, both brushes are effective if used correctly, although some studies show that electric toothbrushes are slightly more effective.

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A comparative study published in Cochrane showed that the use of electric toothbrushes reduces plaque 11% more than manual toothbrushes between the first and third month of use, and 21% after three months. Regarding gingivitis, it reduces it by 6% between the first and third month, and by 11% after three months of use.

In addition, people who use an electric toothbrush tend to brush longer, especially those whose toothbrush has a timer.

However, if for example we have undergone surgery or oral surgery and we have stitches or sensitized areas, our dentist may recommend manual brushing with a soft toothbrush.

How to choose an electric toothbrush
The first thing to consider is your oral hygiene needs: Do you have a tendency to suffer from gingivitis, caries, bad breath, tooth stains…? Your dentist can guide you in this regard. There are electric toothbrushes with specific accessories for the gums -such as the dental irrigator-, for cleaning the tongue or for whitening.

The main difference between electric toothbrushes is how they produce movement. On the one hand, we can find rotating or oscillating brushes, and on the other hand, sonic or ultrasonic brushes, which produce movement by vibrating the brush head.

Rotating brushes

They are more effective in removing dental plaque.
They clean better in hard-to-reach areas.
Effective against tobacco or coffee stains.
More comfortable to use, as they require less effort on our part.

Ultrasonic brushes

More effective and deeper cleaning, thanks to their vibrations and high-frequency movement.
They act better against bacterial plaque since the vibrations introduce oxygen-rich bubbles into the saliva that prevent the growth of bacteria in areas where plaque accumulates.
More effective for people wearing orthodontics.
In other words, the decision will depend on your specific oral hygiene needs.

In addition, many electric toothbrushes have technological features that we can appreciate. For example, the timer is very useful to ensure that we brush for the minimum recommended time. The pressure sensor can be very practical for people suffering from gingivitis or periodontitis. Other functionalities, such as Bluetooth, allow us to collect data on time, pressure, etc. to assess the quality of brushing. Our recommendation is to select the functionalities that will really be useful to you.

How to use an electric toothbrush
In itself, the cleaning technique with a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush is not too different. The World Health Organization gives some general recommendations on the use of the toothbrush:

Brush your teeth at least twice a day, two minutes each time. In this case, the electric toothbrush with a timer helps us to respect the recommended brushing time.
Use fluoride toothpaste to prevent cavities.
Change the toothbrush every two or three months. In the case of electric toothbrushes, follow the recommendations of each manufacturer.
When brushing, you should reach all parts of the tooth, and do not forget to brush the tongue, including the back area.
The most practical thing to do is to follow a specific order, a method that allows us not to forget any area.
Maintenance tips
Electric toothbrushes, even the most basic ones, require a greater investment than manual ones. Here are some tips to help you take care of your electric toothbrush and make it last longer:

Rinse the brush thoroughly after each use, so that there are no remains of paste, food, or fluids.
Let the brush air dry and store it in an upright position.
Change the brush head every two to three months, depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations, or in any case if you notice that the filaments are worn or deformed.
Proper cleaning is the first step to enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile for life, so we recommend always following good oral hygiene habits. At the Ahora Clinic, we can offer you all the necessary instruments for oral hygiene, and above all the best advice tailored to you.


Causes and treatment of tooth decay

Dental caries is one of the most common oral diseases in both children and adults. According to 2015 data, the prevalence of caries in adults aged 35 years and older is between 95% and 100%.

Moreover, according to the study Oral health in Spain 2020, the number of caries is not expected to decrease but will remain at the current figure of around 95% of those affected in the Spanish adult population.

Why is the problem so widespread? One possible explanation is that caries is usually asymptomatic in the initial stage, i.e. at the beginning they do not cause pain or inflammation or other noticeable symptoms, so the person does not usually realize that he or she has caries. This is why regular check-ups are important, since the dentist does detect caries at an early stage, when they are easier to treat, and can advise us on how to prevent them.

What is dental caries?
Tooth decay is an oral disease of bacterial origin. That is to say, it is a form of infection that damages the surface of the tooth enamel, and it goes through holes until it reaches the innermost areas of the tooth. If you search dentist Dothan AL, you will find more information.

In this graphic we can see the main stages of dental caries:

Small black spots on the surface of the tooth.
The enamel deteriorates and caries affect the dentin.
The infection becomes deeper, affecting the dental pulp.
Abscesses are formed, and the tooth may be lost.
Main symptoms of caries
The symptoms of caries vary according to their size, stage, and location. For example, as we have mentioned, in the initial phase there are usually no symptoms, it may only be perceptible to the naked eye as a small black dot.

As it progresses, we may notice a sudden pain in the teeth or molars without apparent cause or when biting. It is a tooth sensitivity that is also common to appear in cold weather and when eating sweets.

In the more advanced stages, the hole will become larger and more visible, depending on the area in which it is located, and may cause nerve involvement. If this is the case, the pain can be extremely intense and spontaneous, without the need for external stimuli to provoke it. In this situation, it is easy for dental phlegmons to occur.

Factors influencing dental caries
Caries is a multifactorial disease, that is, it is caused by a combination of several factors, such as bacteria present in the mouth, the consumption of certain foods or beverages rich in sugars or carbohydrates, and incomplete or insufficient oral hygiene.

In addition, other factors such as the pH of saliva, genetic predisposition, or certain medications that alter the quality and quantity of saliva in the mouth can also influence the more or less frequent appearance of caries.

Prevention and treatment of caries
The treatment of caries will depend on how advanced it is:

In the initial stage, caries may be treated with a filling. The dentist removes the damaged part of the enamel and places a covering material in the space. If the cavity is small in an incipient stage that only affects the enamel, the filling is not done. If the enamel of the damaged area is cared for with proper hygiene and an extra supply of fluoride is applied, this enamel is repaired by means of physiological remineralization.
If caries has advanced and has affected the dental pulp, endodontics may be necessary, i.e., devitalization of the nerve.
If the infection has advanced and it is not possible to save the tooth, extraction will be necessary, and a dental implant may be considered. Therefore, as we have mentioned, it is very important to check our oral health at least once a year, to detect these possible problems at an early stage.

But we can also carry out some actions to prevent the appearance of caries, especially if we have a tendency to suffer from it:

At Ahora Clinic we apply a prevention plan in patients with a high caries risk. The first step is to make a correct diagnosis of the predisposing factors. To do this, we analyze the quality and quantity of saliva and the concentration of caries-causing bacteria strains. In this way, we establish the risk of suffering the disease, i.e. caries.
Follow a correct oral hygiene routine, including brushing, mouthwash, and flossing, especially before going to bed.
Avoid consumption of foods and beverages with a high sugar or carbohydrate content. Especially energy drinks, since in addition to their sugar content, their acidity causes accelerated wear of the enamel.


Implant Type – Advantages and Disadvantages

Before you do the implant, you’ll be looking for the type and price of the implant prices. I researched and found that there are many kinds of intestines. I think there are disadvantages, too.

 As it becomes a part of my body that transplants to the gum bone, I think it would be better to do it with the best fit rather than just looking for something cheap (implants are usually between 10 and 30 years old because they are not permanent). 

 Good implants can be determined by what materials are made of a screw, connecting column, and crown artificial teeth, how well the product is stable, and whether there are any side effects.

 The types of implants are largely divided into imported and domestic products.

 Imported products are not necessarily good, but first of all, they have longer clinical results than Korea, so they can be used for a long time due to high stability and have fewer side effects, but recently, dentists say that there is no big difference. When doctors say different things, they don’t know what to believe. Let’s find out together!

 Top 3 Implants in the World

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 The imported Brenemak, Strauman, and Astra are known as the world’s top three implants. This is because the products of Ostem, Dentium, Dio, Neo, and Magazine, which are time implant companies, are based on the base of these three companies.

 The price of implants is expensive, but it is a matter of consideration that they are good as they are expensive.

 Imported Implants

 Breneman implant

 The company that made implants for the first time in the world has the longest clinical results, which is said to be excellent in safety. It’s a Swedish company. Immediately after opening, it is said to be the most suitable implant for implantation. It’s a product that has a good fixation on soft bones.

 There are two methods: the external and the internal. The external method is a method that was used in the past, so it is very rare, but it is known that dentists are increasingly avoiding it because it is reported that gum bone loss is being reported in about 20 years. They rarely use it now, and now they’re using the Internal method.

 They say that they are somewhat shunned in Korea these days in terms of high prices and design.

 Strauman Implants

 The advantage of ‘Roxolid’, a Strauman implant, is that it is safe to have thin floss. It is produced by combining zirconium and titanium and has excellent biocompatibility and long-term stability. It is said to be more than 80% stronger than pure titanium. The surface is also known to be highly Osteo-convergent because it is manufactured in an SLA-active manner.

 If the interdental space is narrow or the width of the cistern bone is narrow, additional procedures such as osteotomy were needed before, but “Roxolid” is a product that improves these shortcomings.

 Astra implant

 It is said to be a luxury brand in Sweden, the home of implants. Astra implants prevent denticle loss by distributing fine screw pressure and maximize contact with the bone by forming nanometer-wise roughness, reducing the healing period to one-third. It also uses precision engineering to block bacterial infiltration.

Local Implants

 Ostem implant

 It’s a very familiar product from the company. It’s a product that’s been advertised so much that Koreans think of Ostem when they think of implants, and the price is about 1 million won per product.

 DIO Implants

 It is not known to the general public because it does not advertise much, but dentists use it a lot. The price is cheaper than Ostem, so it can be treated at around 800,000 won. D.O. recently applied 3D printing technology to ensure error-free implantation, enabling implantation at more precise locations and angles. This is called the “Dionabi” procedure, and the advantage is that the number of visits is much lower than the normal implant process.

 Implant beam from July 2016. The test has been lowered to 65 years old. That’s how much more people are interested in the treatment. Implants are one of the treatments that can be helpful if you receive them when you lose your teeth, such as front teeth or molars, or if you lose your dental function. Most of Korea has long preferred imported implants. In fact, imported implants used to be safer and more reliable than domestic implants, but these days, domestic implants are accumulated as much data and technology are not inferior to imports.

 Then what kind of implants are there in Korea? Today, I would like to tell you about the type of implant in Korea to help those who are worried about it.

 * Know and choose the type of implant in Korea

 1. Ostem implant

 This is Ostem Implant, which has the largest domestic implant market share. Ostem Implant, the first implant manufacturer in Korea, is Asia based on sales. It is the No. 1 company in the Pacific and No. 5 company in the world that specializes in implants, and it is used in more than 70 countries. Ostem has changed its status from importing implants to exporting ones, so I can be confident that its technology is reliable. Custom Implants have obtained strict quality certification from major countries as well as FDA and CE, and are designated by the Korean government as one of the world’s leading products and excellent technology research centers.

 2. D.O.

 D.O. implants, which are exported to 70 countries around the world, boast premium implants with 28 years of precision processing history and technology. Although D.O. implants are excellent, they have digital implant Dionaviran technology that introduces the process of 3D simulation, which plays a major role in choosing treatment with confidence. Especially among dentists.

 3. Dentium implant

 Dentium implants are considered one of the best in the Korean implant system along with Ostem implants. Revenue itself is only about a third of Ostem’s (as of 2016) but it is one of the most favored products among dentists due to its excellent quality and good results. It is the only place in Korea that has more than 10 years of long-term clinical data, so you can refer to it.


 4. Neo Implants

 This is Neo implant which was launched in February 2000. Neo Implants’ concept is to develop products that are simple, safer, and faster. I think it’s one of the Korean brands that Noh Joo-Hyun has gained recognition from many people while advertising these days.

 5. Megagen implant

 Megan Implants, the most popular implant in Europe, the final implant destination. It is exported to 90 countries around the world and is the number one brand in Europe among domestic implants. Kim Sang-Joong has been advertised in the advertisement lately, so it has gained a lot of recognition. Calcium, which makes bones, is deposited on the surface of implants with advanced technology, which is characterized by faster healing than ordinary implants.

 We’ve looked into the five types of domestic implants. As chewing and eating are some of the most important and enjoyable things in life, I hope you can carefully compare and weigh them and get implant treatment that suits you. Also, the dental choice is as important as implant brand selection, so I hope you don’t forget dental choice with a lot of experience and experience.