Electric toothbrushes Vs manual toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes Vs manual toothbrush
May 13 08:33 2014 Print This Article

Electric toothbrushesMost people use electric toothbrushes to keep their pearly whites shining like diamonds. But despite a number of dentists, who recommend them but how do they compare to manual brushing.

With tooth decay in the UK on the increase the British Dental Association is now trying to educate the public on the importance of dental health. Grandsmile Designs in Surrey offer a hygiene service for the removal of bacteria, plaque and tartar and claim it’s essential to maintain healthy gums. They also say that excellent home care is vital so the hygienist will also show you brushing and flossing techniques which will help you keep to your teeth in optimum condition.

Are you unsure which toothbrush is the best for looking after your teeth? Here are some Pros and Cons of both electric and manual.

Advantages include of the manual toothbrush include:

  • Cost and availability: Electric toothbrushes may be too expensive for many people, so it’s nice to know that you can do a great job brushing with a manual toothbrush.
  • Easy to travel with: It’s easy to take a manual toothbrush with you when you travel because they are lighter than electric toothbrushes.
  • Puts less pressure on teeth and gums: The electric toothbrush puts less pressure on gums and helps you to avoid putting too much pressure on your teeth. With an electrical model you can’t feel that as well and too much pressure on your teeth can wear away at the tooth enamel, causing pain, sensitivity, and an increased risk of tooth decay.
  • Good for kids Younger children find using a manual brush much easier than an electric or battery brush and it’s also a lot safer.

Advantages of electric toothbrushes
There are times when an electric toothbrush has clear advantages. For older people or people who have less manual dexterity, like those who have arthritis, the electric toothbrush may clean more effectively because people with limited ability to move their shoulders, arms, and hands can benefit from the larger handle and powered brush of an electric model.

How to Choose an Electric Toothbrush
There are a number of different toothbrushes that have a variety of features. Though they make nice additions, pressure sensors that tell you if you’re brushing too hard or timers that indicate when you’ve brushed long enough don’t directly affect how well the toothbrush actually cleans your teeth.

Electric toothbrushes “try to stimulate the gums and teeth with different configurations of the bristles. Even the most inexpensive electric models will keep your teeth clean, but you may have to move them a little more to reach the difficult areas.

Although almost any toothbrush can do an effective job, research suggests there is one electronic toothbrush bristle configuration that seems to be better at removing plaque and preventing gum disease. Electric toothbrushes with bristles that rotate together in one direction, and then switch and rotate in the opposite direction appear to be more effective than manual brushes and other electric brushes that spin in only one direction. If you do opt for an electronic toothbrush, a model with rotating-oscillating bristles is probably your best bet.

How Often Should You Get a New Toothbrush?
Make sure you get a new toothbrush every 3 months because after that the bristles will wear down and the brush will no longer be as effective. Whether it’s an electric or manual brush you should still replace it.

With both methods being evenly matched you might want to alternate using both along with a good mouthwash and regular flossing.

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Mike Morgan
Mike Morgan

Mike Morgan is a health enthusiast and has written several health articles for various health magazines.

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