I think it’s time to pay a visit to my local Kanata dental office. I’ve found myself in a situation that I haven’t been in in a long time. I need a new toothbrush. I’ve had a reliable electric toothbrush for years now, but it’s finally given out. This seems like something that should be a simple decision, but one trip to the grocery store and I’m overwhelmed with choices: oscillate, vibrate, manual, chewable. I definitely walked out empty handed. You are probably wondering, why I am so concerned about getting the perfect toothbrush? Well, I recently got dental implants in Ottawa (I am from a small town outside of Ottawa, so off to the big city I went!) at a local dental office in Kanata. My big question after receiving these wonderful implants was d do I just use the tooth brush that my dentist kindly gives me after every visit? Or do I need to purchase a specialty brush dedicated to maintaining my new dental implants? Because of these brand new implants, I’m overly (some might say needlessly) protective of what’s in my mouth. After a jaunt over to my local Kanata dentistry office, I was enlightened to learn about three different toothbrush options that dentistry in Kanata has to offer.
Manual toothbrush – This is the classic toothbrush. It’s like the Model-T Ford of toothbrushes….except you probably wouldn’t be able to use a Model-T Ford today. No cause for concern here with my dental implants; I can be as rough or gentle as I like. Though there is a certain amount of pressure that is considered optimal for getting teeth pearly white. A manual toothbrush is cheap, utilitarian, and come in all sorts of colours and shapes.
Electric toothbrush – This is what I’m used to. It’s what those practicing dentistry in Kanata recommend because “it makes brushing more fun” (my six-year old seems to agree). It’s a great option for kids, but you’ll have to drop a little more money on this one. They’re not really portable either, but you can always have a manual toothbrush for travel. I was worried that some of the newer sonic toothbrushes (that move rapidly enough to produce an audible hum that shakes loose hidden plaque and debris) might be too forceful on my new dental implants, but that’s not the case.
Chewable toothbrush – This is a new one to the Ottawa area. A chewable toothbrush? No, my Kanata dentistry office has not led me astray and it’s not as hard on my poor dental implants as you would think; it’s actually meant to be chewed. It’s meant to be a toothbrush replacement when the brush and toothpaste aren’t readily accessible. You can use them after a meal or simply to freshen you breathe when you find it’s needed.
Looking at the options and my concerns about finding the perfect toothbrush for my new dental implants, it seems like it’s a choice between a manual and an electric toothbrush. It’s hard to argue with the “it makes brushing more fun” mantra that my Kanata dentistry office champions. I’ve also always been a big fan of the “stick with what you know” ethos. Apparently, my concerns about my dental implants are unwarranted since it’s improbable I’d mess it up while brushing, no matter how vigorously. So my own research and the advice from the expert’s at my local dentist office in Kanata have brought me full circle. Hello again my old friend….electric toothbrush.