WHICH TOOTHBRUSH SHOULD YOU CHOOSE: MANUAL OR ELECTRIC?

 

As for taking care of your teeth, there are many options; soft, medium, hard bristle toothbrushes and electric toothbrushes. But what is better; a manual or electric toothbrush?

According to the Cochrane Collaboration, which is a non-profit independent organization counting more than 28,000 volunteers in over 100 countries and receiving no funding to maintain its impartiality, studies showed that electric toothbrushes with oscillating-rotating movements might be better for the removal of plaque, and the prevention of cavities, gingivitis and periodontitis.

That being said, there is a limiting aspect to the electric toothbrush: its price. So if you do not have the means to purchase an electric toothbrush, it is important to know that the effectiveness of the manual toothbrush depends largely on the quality of brushing. Every time you brush, you must take time (between 2-3 minutes) and make sure the position of the toothbrush on the contact point between the tooth and gum is at an angle of 45%, and brushing should be done from the gum toward the tooth. It must cover all surfaces of the teeth (inside as much as outside) for the upper and lower teeth. Also choose a brush size that will fit your mouth and it is best to select a soft bristle toothbrush to avoid damaging your gums.

As for of your dentists from the LeBlanc & Koran Dental Centre, the choice of a toothbrush is something personal;  electric toothbrushes and manual toothbrushes are equivalent when both are used properly. So if you have questions when choosing your next toothbrush, talk to your dentist.

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