Debate On Which Is a Better:Electric Or a Manual Toothbrush

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Brushing your teeth with a manual or electric toothbrush is a must as part of daily oral hygiene. It is one way of protecting your teeth from forming cavities that often result to bad breath. Once bad breath starts coming out of your mouth, you will begin to lose self confidence in talking and mingling with people. This may even mislead others into believing that you are an uncaring person or an introvert.

The use of toothbrush has been in existence for quite some time. The first electric toothbrush was conceptualized sometime in 1954 in Switzerland. It was found in clinical studies that the use of electric toothbrush was superior compared to manual brushing. Hence, it gained worldwide acceptance. The brush head of electric toothbrush operates in oscillating motion using electric power, thus, sometimes called “rotary” toothbrushes. The electric power may come from batteries or from AC power line that continuously charge the electric toothbrush. The latter is more acceptable for practical reasons since it can never affect the oscillating motion of the brush head.

To date, electric toothbrush continues to improve. Some companies even introduced the “rotation-oscillation” model to further improve its effectiveness. However, this particular type of toothbrush did not materialize into what it promised based on subsequent clinical studies. Nevertheless, it is found to be better compared to manual brushing.  

The electric toothbrush is not a guarantee that you will not incur cavities at all since there are other factors to be considered. What was noted in some clinical studies is the fact that whether you are using a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush, the manner of brushing poses some importance.

Usually, brushing of teeth is done regularly three times a day at the most. Overdoing it may cause damage to the enamel protection of the teeth. In this case, instead of preserving the beauty of your teeth, you are actually damaging them. Consulting your dentist as to the proper care of your teeth is another method of care and protection.

Your dentist is in a better position to examine your teeth and determine the cause of sensitivity to brushing. He can appropriately give suggestions on the type of toothbrush to use. Further, there are other types of toothpastes that your dentist can recommend, especially formulated for sensitive teeth. The price of toothpaste intended for sensitive teeth is a little bit higher though, than the regular toothpaste.      

Whether you’re using an ordinary toothbrush or an electric toothbrush, be sure to brush your teeth on a regular basis. Ask your dentist for advice on how to keep your teeth stay looking perfectly good.

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