Is the Type of Brush Really so Important?

An image of two models holding tootbrushes: one model holding an electric toothbrush and another model holding a manual toothbrush

Is it better to use an electric toothbrush or a manual toothbrush?

Do you remember the good old days as a child and you were taught to use your first toothbrush?

Of course you don’t. Nobody remembers such things but what we do know is that we’ve been accustomed to manual toothbrushes. It is like our heritage from childhood.

You do brush your teeth doing some movements with the brush, doing the best that you can and then when it comes to your dental check-up appointment you hear from your dentist or hygienist that there is a lot of teeth missed during brushing. Next comes the question: “What kind of toothbrush do you use: manual or electrical? “ Then you start to wonder:

– Is there a difference between them?

– Should I stick with manual toothbrush or switch for an electric one?

– Will my teeth become sparkly and super clean with a mechanical toothbrush?

And the answer is:

Brushing technique is more important than the type of toothbrush!

You can have the most advanced power brush, latest technology, with all super gadgets but without the correct way of using your toothbrush, you will not be able to achieve good oral hygiene. You will be missing a lot of teeth surfaces near the gums and in between the teeth leaving soft plaque. You have to remember that this plaque mostly consists of harmful bacteria.

It will turn into hard tartar in less than one week and with time will start to cause bad breath, cavities and gum bleeding.

Not proper brushing technique can lead to gum recession and enamel erosion. It means that you can feel big sensitivity while eating ice-creams or drinking cold juice.

So if you use a manual toothbrush and your hygienist is happy with your brushing result then stick with it. A big bravo for you and just maintain your great job.

If you’ve locked your brushing technique and you feel like you can do with a little improvement, then you can switch to the electric brush. For many of us, it is easier to use in order to have great results in the end.

Advantages of an electric toothbrush

  1. It has a small head, so every tooth can be brushed individually.
  2. It has oscillation and pulsation movements so you don’t need to move with it like with the manual. Just allow the brush to remove the plaque by holding it for four seconds on each surface.
  3. It removes more plaque compering with the manual as the frequency of the movements is higher.

If the brushing is done properly you will have smooth, shiny teeth and that gorgeous smile nobody can resist.

That is why would like to encourage you to visit your hygienist and ask for a gum and teeth assessment. Your dental hygienists will help you choose a proper brush and will demonstrate the brushing technique the best for you.

In today’s age, it is crucial to develop and maintain good oral hygiene, and visit your hygienist for a cleaning twice a year. Have you booked your 6-month dental appointment yet?

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