Everyone has their preference when it comes to which toothbrush they prefer to use. But with all of the powered toothbrushes available on the market today, many of us find ourselves asking which is better for my teeth – electric or manual toothbrushes? Both are designed to keep teeth and gums healthy, but one does seem to reign supreme when it comes to promoting better oral health. Read on to learn more about why electric toothbrushes are a better option for keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy.
Reduces More Plaque
Since electric toothbrushes use a gentle oscillating motion, they are generally more effective at eliminating plaque and food particles from our teeth and gum line. With the speed of the rotating brush, it helps to remove stubborn plaque buildup and bacteria better than the manual brush.
Electric toothbrushes usually have pointy bristles, which also makes them ideal for cleaning more targeted, hard-to-reach areas. This is especially helpful for those who wear braces or other oral devices.
It Does the Work for You
For those with dexterity issues, such as arthritis, electric toothbrushes can make it much easier to brush your teeth thoroughly since it does the majority of work for you. So rather than having to manually scrub with your hand, you can simply hold the brush in place, move it around slightly and let the oscillating head do what it’s designed to do.
Reduces Risk of Receding Gums
Brushing too hard is a common problem that many dentists see far too often with their patients. But brushing hard does not equate to brushing thoroughly. In fact, the harder you brush, the more damage you’re causing, such as receding gums. Over time, this can lead to exposed roots which can lead to sensitivity and pain. Electric tooth brushes on the other hand, can help to eliminate this risk since there’s no need to place so much pressure on the brush and gums.
Whether you decide to stick with a manual toothbrush or make the switch to an electric one, the most important point comes down to your brushing frequency and technique. Always brush twice per day, holding your brush at a 45-degree angle, and move back and forth gently with short strokes when holding the brush. And don’t forget to always purchase a new toothbrush once the bristles start to fray.
Want to learn more about which toothbrush is best for you? At Yazdani Family Dentistry, our team is here to help. Our priority is to ensure you and your family’s oral health is in tip-top shape. Book your next appointment or visit one of our locations in Ottawa to get the advice you need to improve your dental hygiene habits.