Receding gums: How do I brush my teeth properly?

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If you are here, you have receding gums. This is a gum recession that causes the loss of gum tissue around the tooth leading to the exposure of the root. It is often caused either by brushing too hard. However, it can also be a symptom of periodontal disease such as periodontitis which affects the tissues supporting the tooth. In both cases, tooth loosening involves cleaning the teeth and gums in a very specific way. It is therefore important to use a suitable toothbrush to avoid excessive tooth sensitivity which would cause the loss of the affected teeth.

Here is a guide to the most suitable toothbrush for receding teeth. 

Reasons to choose an electric toothbrush

1) Superior efficiency

The electric toothbrush is more efficient than manual toothbrushes for the same brushing time: it removes more plaque, bacteria and food residues. In addition, it reduces the risk of bleeding gums during brushing.

2) A wide range of features


The electric toothbrush has all sorts of features that allow for an organised and thorough brushing. For example, they have a timer that allows you to respect the brushing time necessary to have white and well-maintained teeth.

3) Easy toothbrushing


Electric toothbrushes, unlike manual toothbrushes, only need to be guided to do the work for you. You will not feel any muscle fatigue when brushing. This makes it practical for older people and people with disabilities.

4) The presence of a pressure limiter


Most electric toothbrushes are equipped with a pressure limiter. This interrupts the movement if the force exerted on the toothbrush is too great. They emit a signal every 30 seconds to indicate the brushing phases.

The main advantages of the sonic toothbrush

The sonic toothbrush is a brush based on sonic technology. It can make about 31,000 movements per minute. This allows the removal of tartar and bacteria without any risk to the tooth enamel.

The main advantages of the sonic toothbrush are : 

  • It's brush head : it has a rectangular brush head that allows a vertical back and forth movement to brush all the teeth in each row.
  • It's sonic vibrations : This quickly removes much of the plaque from your teeth.
  • It's automatic toothbrushing : Simply move the toothbrush from one tooth to the next and brushing will happen automatically.
  • It's Movements : It allows for a large number of strokes per minute for optimal brushing efficiency.
    You can try the Y-Brush toothbrush. It is a toothbrush that mimics the Bass method of brushing teeth from top to bottom in vertical strokes. It also allows you to brush your gums effectively, which prevents plaque build-up on your gums. It therefore helps to remedy your problem of receding teeth.

You can try the Y-Brush toothbrush. It is a toothbrush that mimics the Bass method of brushing teeth from top to bottom in vertical strokes. It also allows you to brush your gums efficiently, which prevents plaque build-up on your gums. It therefore helps to remedy your problem of receding teeth. 

Toothpastes to use in case of tooth decay

The toothpaste you use must contain a very high concentration of antibacterial agents to purify your mouth. This type of product must also allow to fight all the bacteria and infections which are likely to appear inside your mouth.

Here are the toothpastes that you need to use : 

Elgydium chlorhexidine anti-plaque toothpaste

This toothpaste is sold at the price of 6.67 on the site of MonPharmacienConseil. It has an antibacterial action because it makes it possible at the same time to prevent the formation of dental plaque and also ensures the renewal of fabrics of support of the teeth. It thus offers a true protection against the bacteria at the origin of the dental plaque, the caries, the inflammations of the gums and especially the periodontitis. This is primarily due to the presence of chlorhexidine in the toothpaste. In fact, it contains calcium carbonate, which helps to strengthen the gums as much as possible.

Parogencyl Gum Prevention Toothpaste


This toothpaste is sold for 2.90 euros on the DocMorris website. It helps to keep the gums strong in order to avoid gum recession. It also helps to limit bleeding gums. In addition, it contains two ingredients that are particularly effective against tooth loosening, such as Zinc Mineral, which has an antibacterial action designed to limit the accumulation of dental plaque and to help prevent occasional gum inflammation, and also fluoride, which strengthens the enamel and prevents the appearance of dental caries.

Parodontax Gel Fluor Toothpaste


This toothpaste is sold for €5.70 on the Pharmasimple website. It is mainly enriched with fluoride and echinacea, which makes it effective in relieving sensitive gums. It helps to limit inflammation and combat bleeding in the gingival mucosa thanks to the presence of ratanhia root which reduces bleeding and soothes swollen gums thanks to its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains peppermint essential oil which limits bacterial proliferation inside the oral cavity.

Weleda toothpaste with Ratanhia


This toothpaste is sold for 5.30 euros on the Weleda website. It is a toothpaste with Ratanhia extract that gently cleans teeth for long-lasting fresh breath. It is a low abrasive toothpaste that gently cleans teeth and helps fight plaque that causes tooth decay. It also contains the soothing and calming ingredient myrrh resin. Myrrh resin is particularly well known for its soothing and calming properties, which help to maintain healthy gums. Its effectiveness against plaque and gum problems has been clinically tested.

Proper tooth brushing with the sonic toothbrush

The sonic toothbrush is much less aggressive than the oscillating ones. In fact, this type of toothbrush has several modes of sonic vibrations and brushing times depending on the sensitivity of the teeth or the need for brushing.

Here is the tooth brushing technique to follow:

  • Start by putting toothpaste on the brush and placing it against the outer surfaces of your teeth.
  • Brush the surface of your teeth and gums by moving the toothbrush in a circular motion
  • Concentrate on the lower incisors as this is where tartar most often develops, but also on the gums.
  • Finish by brushing the chewing surfaces, taking care to spend a few seconds on each tooth.

We hope that this guide has helped you to understand why the electric toothbrush is more suitable than the manual toothbrush for brushing your teeth in case of tooth decay. We advise you to choose the sonic toothbrush over the oscillo-rotating one for example. This is the only type of toothbrush that allows you to quickly brush all your teeth and gums in order to remove as much plaque as possible. In addition, you will be able to remedy gum inflammation or bleeding if you use the toothpastes we have recommended.

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