Mechanical Home Dental Cleaning Tools

Over the last several years many significant advances have been made in helping people care for their teeth. Mechanical dental cleaning tools have become a viable way to maintain dental hygiene. These tools help a variety of people who can’t use traditional methods such as persons dealing with arthritis or paralysis. The two most common advances of home dental cleaning tools are:
Electric toothbrushes
Water irrigators

Electric Toothbrushes

The electric toothbrush came into existence years ago. At first this dental cleaning tool vibrated the head up and down. Later electric toothbrushes oscillated in an oval pattern. Here are three common electric toothbrushes:
Interplak – this toothbrush has 10 tufts of bristles in two rows. It has adjustable speeds and changeable heads. Simply apply the bristles to the gumline and press lightly until the motor slows slightly. Then slowly move along each tooth. The toothbrush comes with a large easy to hold handle which doubles as a rechargeable battery. This dental cleaning tool does need oiling, and comes with two small holes in the handle to keep it oiled; use either oil mouth wash or two drops of olive oil daily to keep it running properly.
Sonicare – this mechanical dental cleaning tool uses sonic vibrations to help fluid move deeper into the gum around the tooth, and flush out bacterial deposits.
Rotadent – this toothbrush is best for methodical people with a good sense of positioning. The toothbrush spins in a circular motion much like the dental cleaning tool that dentists use. This brush has a pointed tip which gets in between the teeth thoroughly but gently.

Water Irrigators

The other mechanical dental cleaning tool which has come of age is the water irrigator. The main feature of water irrigators as dental cleaning tools is the ability of delivering various anti-bacterial solutions to the gums and tooth base. There are several brands, but there are two very common brands.
Water Pik – this is the oldest, and most well known, water irrigator. This product has different tips available with the newest tip being a rubber variety that can provide deep cleaning without injury.
Hydro Floss – this is a new entry into the dental cleaning tool market. This device ionizes water with little magnets which reduces the adherence of plaque. Studies have shown a significant benefit with this approach over the conventional irrigators.

Cautionary Tips

Dental cleaning tools are very safe and effective. There are two reasons not to use these products until you consult with a dentist.
Active Gum Infection – the area around the infection needs to be medicated with anti-bacterial agents first. You should also never use a high pressure setting as this could spread any bacteria into the wound.
Mitral Valve Prolapse/Heart Murmur – for persons with this condition, an antibiotic may be required before starting use of mechanical dental cleaning tools. Possible bleeding may occur, spreading infection and bacteria into the bloodstream and to the heart.

While mechanical dental cleaning tools have come a long way over the years, many dentists will still recommend an old fashioned method of brushing and flossing along with a healthy diet. Proper nutrition and regular visits will always be essential no matter what type of dental cleaning tool used.