A study on participants have shown that those who used electric toothbrushes reduced plaque by 21% and gingivitis by 11% in comparison to those who used manual toothbrushes. The rotating toothbrush bristles on electric versions were credited with better cleaning capability than manual and vibrating toothbrushes.
In general, an effective toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste are both important to vanquish the biofilm of bacteria build-up or plaque from your mouth, teeth and gums.
Plaque is constantly forming in your mouth with the constant intake of food. If it is not cleaned on a daily basis, plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and periodontitis (gum disease), both of which can lead to tooth loss. However good the fluoride toothpaste is, an ineffective toothbrush that is not designed to reach the nooks and corners at the far end of your mouth will fall short of thorough cleaning.
Pros and Cons of Electric Toothbrushes
Children need extra help in reaching the far ends of their mouth. An electric toothbrush gives them that edge and dexterity in comparison to manual toothbrushes. There are many varieties of electric toothbrushes in the market. Some have more strategic bristles for targeted cleaning, others have a bigger head or handle for greater reach. Some rotate in small circles, others oscillate or vibrate. The motion keeps children more engrossed and excited about brushing their teeth for a full two minutes as recommended by dental specialists.
Doctors recommended adults with conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or osteoporosis, or ailing seniors with movement limitations to switch to electric toothbrushes over manual. Electric toothbrushes are also advised for teenagers with braces or dental restorations.
On the flipside, electric toothbrush bristles tend to be harder on the gums, leading to bleeding gums. Excessive pressure on the gums can cause them to recede, exposing teeth to enamel wear, causing tooth sensitivity and difficulty in eating or drinking hot, cold, sweet and sour foods. They also cannot be operated without electricity, rechargeable batteries or replacement heads and cost a lot more than manual toothbrushes.
Pros and Cons of Manual Toothbrushes
Manual toothbrushes date back to 3500 B.C. although the modern versions have been around since the 1900s. Since then, toothbrushes have come a long way. The American Dental Association recommends using a toothbrush with multi-level soft bristles with a head that maximizes reach.
Manual toothbrushes are easily available. They are affordable and effective. But like electric toothbrushes, hard bristles can cause gum abrasions so it’s advisable to invest in softer ones. Unlike electric versions, manual ones do not have a built-in timer so it’s hard to know when you’re done. For proper plaque removal, it helps for children and adults alike to keep an eye on the clock and time to two minutes.
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