Electronic Toothbrush vs. Manual
Brushing your teeth is the best way to care for your teeth.
How to Choose a Toothbrush
The traditional toothbrush is the least expensive toothbrush and easy to find at your local grocery store or pharmacy. The following characteristics are what I recommend in a toothbrush.
Soft brush head
A soft brush head is the most important consideration when choosing a toothbrush.
The goal in brushing your teeth is to gently brush to remove bacteria, plaque, and food debris. There are many people who rigorously ‘scrub’ the surface of their teeth. This is not a good practice and could harm and damage your teeth as well as your gums.
Your dental enamel and the dentin which is located just beneath the enamel of your teeth is very sensitive; and with hard brushing will eventually be removed, causing damage and pain to your teeth.
Brushing too hard can also result in toothbrush abrasion of the soft tissues, or gums, which can result in permanent gum recession and gum damage.
Appropriately-sized brush head
Choose a toothbrush that is large enough to cover one or two teeth but small enough to easily maneuver in your mouth while brushing.
I recommend a toothbrush with a flexible body to aid in maneuverability. The idea is to be able to hit every exposed surface on each tooth.
Choose a toothbrush that provides a good grip. This is especially important for small children who may have trouble gripping a toothbrush or those with reduced muscular functions. For those who may have difficulty holding a toothbrush due to arthritis or other disability or handicap consider choosing one of the newer electronic powered toothbrushes which I'll cover next.
Electronic Toothbrush vs. Manual
TOP 3 MANUAL TOOTHBRUSHES
#1: Oral-B Pro-Health All-In-One Soft Bristle Toothbrush
Oral-B Pro-Health All-In-One Soft Bristle Toothbrush - This Oral B manual toothbrush has a broad, long head that allows for excellent coverage over the tops and sides of your teeth, so you're not going to miss any surface area as long as you hit all the right angles while using it. It's not size, but rather what the toothbrush does for those surfaces of your mouth that sets it apart.
#2: Curaprox CS5460 Ultra Soft Toothbrush
Curaprox CS5460 Ultra Soft Toothbrush - Curaprox is a Swiss company who has been working to perfect the oral health of people since 1972 and are one of the most recommended brands by dental hygienists. Each brush head contains 5,460 individual bristles that are just 0.1 mm in thickness and together provide an ultra soft brushing experience. Standard toothbrushes only have 500 to 1,000 bristles, so the increased number of bristles in this toothbrush help clean your teeth and gums more effectively.
#3: Boie USA
Boie USA is a New Your-based startup who states that their goal is "to radically re-imagine personal care." Like the Goby electronic toothbrush that I comment on further in this article, they have stellar marketing websites that make it easy to engage, buy, and become part of their tribe. Boie USA has four different colored toothbrushes that are $10 each (+ $3.00 shipping). They provide replacement heads for $5.00 each or you can get a 3, 4, or 6-month subscription plan where they will send you from 2 to 4 brush head replacements per year based on the plan you select.
In all my years of dental practice at Willow Pass Dental Care in Concord, CA, I have found no evidence to support the notion that brushing with an electric toothbrush produces superior dental health results compared to a conventional manual toothbrush.
However, the advantage of an electronic toothbrush is no doubt the ease of use. An electronic toothbrush makes brushing much more relaxed, especially for those with limited function in the hands and arms, such as those with arthritis, or small children with poor hand-eye coordination.
When selecting an electric toothbrush, it is helpful to apply the same selection criteria as that for a conventional toothbrush:
1. Soft brush head
2. Appropriately sized
3. Easy to grip.
Other features make an electronic toothbrush appealing to use such as Bluetooth connectivity, brushing modes, LED lights, and the cool charging docks. I almost feel like I'm selling you a car. But I promise that is not my intent.
Which Toothbrush Is Better?
Flossing and regular visits to Willow Pass Dental Care for checkups are also highly recommended, but brushing is the foundation for an effective dental hygiene routine.
Brushing your teeth is the cornerstone of a healthy dental hygiene routine. We have been taught, told, and exhorted to brush our teeth from the emergence of our very first tooth.
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TOP 3 ELECTRONIC TOOTHBRUSHES
#1: Oral-B Pro 1000
Oral-B Pro 1000 - Wirecutter a New York Times Company found the Oral-B Pro 1000 to be the best electronic toothbrush for most people, me too! There are other top contenders that make choosing a #1 difficult such as the Foreo ISSA 2 Toothbrush, the Phillips Sonicare DiamondClean, and my #2 and 3 in this list.
Phillips Sonicare 2 Series - This electronic toothbrush is one of the least expensive brushes in Sonicare's line of great toothbrushes, but still has lots of features such as a two-minute timer and a rechargeable battery which makes less noise than my #1 pick, the Oral-B Pro 1000.
Best Accessory to Your Toothbrush: Fluoridated Toothpaste
Fluoridation, whether in drinking water or commercial toothpaste, is good for your teeth, your oral health, and by extension, your body as a whole. Incidents of dental caries in children are directly related to whether or not a community has access to fluoridated drinking water.
Choosing The Right Toothpaste
When choosing toothpaste to use with your toothbrush, opt for one that contains fluoride.
Everything else is secondary.
Flavor, texture, color, and teeth whitening power should only be considered after the fact.
There is some public concern about the health implication of using fluoridated products. These concerns are mostly unfounded and not supported by science. Numerous scientific studies conducted by various governmental agencies, companies, and independent laboratories confirm that fluoride is not only harmless but also is beneficial to your dental health.
When selecting toothpaste to complement your toothbrush, choose one with fluoride.
Brushing Your Teeth Is Important
Brushing your teeth is essential. But it’s only as useful as your technique.
Brushing twice a day won’t adequately protect your teeth if you are regularly missing spots of plaque or food debris.
The first thing to do is a apply a pea-size amount of fluoridated toothpaste to the brush head. Brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums with small, circular strokes. Be sure to brush every surface of each tooth, not just the front. It may be helpful to apply this technique to each tooth, so you don’t accidentally skip a spot.
This is particularly important for those with crooked or misaligned teeth to ensure that any food debris or germs hidden in the nooks and crannies are scrubbed away.
Give Your Teeth A Chance to Remineralize
Remember, do not rinse your mouth too often while brushing. You want the fluoridated toothpaste to work it’s magic and rinsing too soon or often might wash away the fluoride before it has a chance to remineralize your teeth.
How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?
Finally, a good practice is to replace your toothbrush or toothbrush heads every 2 to 3 months as it becomes worn and if you use a manual toothbrush be sure to store it upright.
While brushing your teeth is the cornerstone of a healthy dental hygiene routine, healthy teeth also require a combination of flossing and routine cleanings at Willow Pass Dental Care. If you are in need of teeth cleaning, please call us at (925) 326-6114 or submit a Schedule an Appointment request below. See why we are the leading dentist in Concord, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, and Antioch, California.