I am asked to recommend the best toothbrush all the time, so what type of toothbrush does a dentist recommend and manual or electric - without any hesitation my recommendation would be an electric toothbrush.
When you brush your teeth you are removing plaque from your teeth. An Electric Toothbrush will help you brush your teeth giving you cleaner teeth.
An electric toothbrush may not be for everyone so let's look at manual vs electric toothbrushes to help you make the right decision for you.
HOW DO ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSHES WORK?
Electric toothbrushes either oscillate or vibrate their bristles. This movement on your tooth surface does most of the work for you.
With a manual toothbrush you can create between 300 to 600 movements per minute to brush your teeth. With an electric toothbrush it can be as much as 49,000 movements per minute depending on the model that you use.
Basically it is a whole lot more brushing with little to no effort from you.
A recent study showed that people using an electric toothbrush had 18% less tooth decay and 22% less gum recession compared to those using a manual toothbrush - so all that extra brushing really works!
CHOOSING AN ELECTRIC OR MANUAL TOOTHBRUSH
REASONS TO CHOOSE AN ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH * An electric toothbrush is more effective at cleaning your teeth. * An electric toothbrush requires less effort from you. * An electric toothbrush has a smaller head to make it easier to fit into tight areas. * An electric toothbrush has a larger handle which means it is easier to hold especially for people suffering from arthritis or similar. * Many electric toothbrushes have a 2 minute timer built in so you brush for the right amount of time.
REASONS TO CHOOSE A MANUAL TOOTHBRUSH * A manual toothbrush is significantly cheaper than an electric toothbrush * An electric toothbrush is not a great option for travelling when you may have limited access to electricity or the correct adapter to charge your toothbrush * Environmentally friendly versions exist for manual toothbrushes made from bamboo.
MANUAL VS ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH
It is more important that you are brushing your teeth every day rather than what you are using to do the job.
Whether you are using a manual or electric toothbrush you should be brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and using floss or an interdental brush once a day.
If you can afford it, get an electric toothbrush, as the clean each day is much better and prevents more dental treatment in the future
WHAT TOOTHBRUSH DO I USE?
I use a Sonicare Electric Toothbrush and have done so for a number of years.
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