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May
21

Does an Electric or Manual Toothbrush Clean More Effectively?

Posted in Fillings

All toothbrushes will clean your teeth effectively if they are used in the proper manner. The problem is, most people aren’t going to use a manual toothbrush in an efficient method that removes the same amount as plaque and bacteria that a high quality electric toothbrush will.

For a manual toothbrush to effectively clean your teeth as best as possible, a person should brush for no less than two minutes at least twice each day. Small, shorter strokes focused on one or two teeth with the bristles angled toward the gumline help remove more plaque than broad, wide strokes across the entire side of the mouth. Because a manual brush does not offer any mechanical action, all plaque removal relies solely on how the person uses their brush. Fewer, broader strokes will remove fewer bacteria and provide less gum stimulation than multiple shorter strokes.

Hands down, high quality electric toothbrushes clean your teeth more efficiently than a manual toothbrush. A well-designed electric toothbrush will have soft bristles that vibrate hundreds of times each second, providing the best method of plaque disruption possible. The function of the brush also helps deliver oxygen and dentrifice between the teeth and below the gums due to the foaming action that it creates. Not all electric toothbrushes are created equal, so be sure to select one with soft bristles and mechanical action that is gentle yet still effective.

Ultimately, you can clean your teeth no matter what you’re using, but from a dentist or hygienist’s perspective, patients that use high quality electric toothbrushes almost always tend to have less gingivitis, lower levels of tartar and healther teeth that need fewer fillings and other restorative dentistry procedures. If an electric toothbrush isn’t the best economical choice for you, ask your hygienist how to modify your current brushing method so that your manual brush can be more effective.

Posted on behalf of Dan Myers

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