The good old toothbrush has been with us since we can remember, and while there are many designs with varying bristle strengths, we have been happy with our plastic toothbrush for many years, and now we have electric models that have a rotating set of bristles.
Many people are not sure whether or not to switch to an electric toothbrush, and in this article, we will examine both the traditional toothbrush and the electric version in order to help you make an informed decision.
The Traditional Toothbrush
There are different designs, almost as many as shampoo types, with soft, medium and hard bristles, and if you were to ask your Chatswood orthodontist, they would likely recommend a soft toothbrush, as hard bristles cause the gums to bleed. Ideally, your toothbrush would have a small head, with bristles of varying lengths, which helps get into those hard-to-reach places.
The plastic toothbrush is:
- Very cheap
- Light and easy to carry
- Easy to replace
- A plastic toothbrush relies on the user having the correct brushing technique.
- Manual toothbrushes can be difficult to use for those with dexterity issues.
The Electric Toothbrush
They have developed continually and today’s models are powerful, with a small rotating head that has several speeds. With a little training, you can achieve better results using an electric toothbrush. The head also has several types of movement, with circular (both directions) and side-to-side motion, giving you the choice, and used correctly, the electric toothbrush is more effective than a manual plastic version.
Rather than having to replace the complete unit, the heads are removable and this allows you to replace when the bristles are worn down. Some electric models have a built-in timer, which is great, as over-brushing is not good for your teeth and gums, and if you purchase a quality model, it would be rechargeable and should last for many years.
Which Is Better?
There have been several tests carried out and the majority report that the electric toothbrush removes more plaque and gingivitis is reduced when compared to a manual toothbrush. There are pros and cons for both electric and manual toothbrushes, and if you ask a dentist, they will confirm that both are effective if used correctly and the user adopts good oral hygiene practices. Of course, an electric version will be much more expensive than a manual toothbrush, and this might play a part in your choice
The best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong is to brush and floss five times per day, after every meal and before and after sleep. You should also use an antiseptic mouthwash, as this helps to remove sugar that clings to the tooth enamel, and if you keep a small bottle on your person, you can rinse after drinking things like coffee and wine.
There are a lot of free resources online that can help you with your choice of a toothbrush, or you could do what many people do, ask your dentist for his or her recommendation.