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A 59-year-old male asked:

dds/dmd: side-to-side (pockets better addressed) brushing in a gentle manner using a soft toothbrush is better than up and down brushing?

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Dr. Bruce Mulder
Dentistry 44 years experience
Not true: Using a back & forth motion with a soft brush is fine for the chewing surfaces. On the sides of the teeth it is better to use a circular motion at the gum line for proper cleaning & to prevent wearing notches in the teeth.
Dr. Stephen Gordon
Dentistry 43 years experience
Electric Toothbrush: Use a quality electric toothbrush for better results. The high - end oral b has various style brush heads that work well for many people, plus it has a separate sensor that shows you (in red) if you are using too much pressure, which could cause gum line recession. See photo enclosed.

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I've started to use a gentle toothbrush, but will it still help remove plaque?

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What is the function of uvula? I think I scratched it with my toothbrush this morning!

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Is electric toothbrush better than manual for removing plaque?

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Yes and no.: It really depends on how you look at. It is possible to brush your teeth as effectively as battery powered brushes, however, brushes like the sonicare do most of the work for you. Plus, they can motivate you to brush more regularly than a with a standard toothbrush, which is always better in my book.

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