Hi, my name is Dr. Shane Methal, here at Greene Street Dental in SoHo, New York. I've been in private practice both in Maryland and consequently back in New York for the last 17 years. My office website is www.greenestreetdental.com, that's green with an "e" at the end, and today I'm going to be talking about teeth and dentistry.
You can use either a manual or electric toothbrush, but your technique is important, especially with a manual toothbrush. Make sure you use soft bristles. You do not want to use medium or hard bristles, because especially coupled with an improper technique, you can do damage to delicate gum tissues.
Make sure you angle the bristles at a 45 degree angle towards the gum line, both on the bottom and the top, and use sulcular or little circular motions.
Do not scrub back and forth as this can cause damage to your delicate gum tissues and cause them to recede away.
Ideally you should brush for at least two minutes. That encompasses 30 seconds, 30 seconds, 30 seconds, and 30 seconds. If you do use an electric toothbrush, make sure you follow the manufacturer's recommendations. Generally technique isn't as important, but you must hold the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle, and work it around for 30 seconds in each quadrant.
Again, soft bristles is the key.