We've all seen infomercials on the latest and greatest toothbrush. The newest electric or good ol' fashion manual device that can leap tall buildings in a single bound, mop your floor and clean your teeth. OK, I'm stretching things a bit.
But with the abundance of toothbrushes available today, it's not surprising that many people get confused and don't know where to start when picking one out.
My recommendation: Get back to the basics of oral hygiene. The purpose of brushing and flossing is to effectively remove destructive plaque (bacteria) from your teeth everyday. In other words, your toothbrush is your plaque-removing tool, no matter which one your choose!
Take a look at the following key points for both manual and electric toothbrushes.
• Choose the brush that allows you to easily access all surfaces of your teeth.
• Opt for soft bristles. Hard bristled brushes are too abrasive and easily damage gums.
• The key to manual brushes is technique! Make small circular motions on each tooth, totaling two minutes of brushing time. Back and forth scrubbing is much less effective.
• Electric toothbrushes calibrate ideal brushing time (two minutes) and have pressure sensors, preventing damage to gum tissue.
• They rotate in a circular motion or use sonic technology to sweep plaque away.
• Research has proven that electric toothbrushes, when used correctly, are more effective in removing plaque than manual brushes.
• The simple truth: an electric toothbrush does the hard work for you.
• Keep in mind, the best electric toothbrushes have chargers as a power source and are not battery operated.
What's the moral of the toothbrush story? To get a healthy clean mouth, you have to want one. No matter the brush, daily plaque removal is essential for excellent dental health.
Manual or electric, your toothbrush is up to you. I simply want you to use it!