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Types of Toothbrushes: Manual vs. Electric

12/4/2018 2:17:26 PM   |   Comments: 0   |   Views: 18

Brushing teeth twice a day is a routine that every individual should try to follow. As a matter of fact, the American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day and for at least two minutes to achieve results, meaning successful plaque removal. For many individuals, brushing twice a day may mean once in the morning and once at night before bed depending on what works best.



The way you brush your teeth may be different from other individuals. Many brushing techniques may be specific to one’s own oral health needs, so it’s important to realize what brushing method may work for one person may not work for you. According to the American Dental Association, they suggest a toothbrush be placed against the gumline at a 45-degree angle to remove plaque from above and below the gums using gentle back and forth short strokes. When cleaning the inside surfaces of the teeth, try to tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.


Types of Brushes:

While brushing techniques may differ for individuals, the kind of toothbrush that is preferred can too. Today, there is a common debate whether a manual or powered (electric) toothbrush is better for oral health. In fact, tooth brushing alone (no matter the kind of toothbrush used) is what is most valuable, however; depending on the type of brush you may be using may make brushing easier.


Manual toothbrushes do a find job of removing plaque as long as the user is brushing properly. It’s important when brushing manually to make sure the toothbrush is angled correctly and the short strokes are being made. One thing to realize is that with manual brushes, it’s very important to use a soft bristled brush. This can help to limit any damage to the gums that may be caused from brushing improperly or too roughly. The soft bristles are much more gentle on the gums as opposed to a medium bristled brush.


On the other hand, electric toothbrushes are also effective for plaque removal. Generally, many dental professionals can see a difference in their patients that use an electric toothbrush rather of a manual brush. This is because the electric brushes are highly effective at removing the plaque due to the power behind the brush. Electric toothbrushes have certain brushing movements per minute that just can’t compete with a manual brush. For patients that have difficulty holding a brush or dental appliances (like braces), an electric toothbrush can make brushing a much easier task.


If you are considering making the switch to an electric toothbrush, speak with your dentist or dental hygienist on the specifics. While electric toothbrushes are very useful, it is definitely important to weigh in on the options like brands (Philips Sonicare or Oral-B) since the two brushes have different features.
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