The Ultimate Toothbrush Guide: Manual | Electric Toothbrush | Sonic Toothbrush

How often should I brush my teeth?

The American Dental Association suggests that you brush your teeth two times a day with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes each time.

Should I use a manual brush or an electric brush?

Both brushes are useful in plaque removal. However, a manual brush depends on your motor ability. Hence, if you have arthritis or other motor difficulties in holding a brush, an electric or a battery-operated brush would be recommended, as they are more efficient in plaque removal.

What is a spin brush?

A spin brush is an electric toothbrush that oscillates or spins.

Are electric toothbrushes better than manual toothbrushes?

The American Dental Association (ADA) states that electric toothbrushes virtually eliminate oral plaque-causing a decline in decay and gum diseases. An analysis of studies found that electric toothbrushes effectively lower plaque and gingivitis than a manual toothbrush. The plaque was decreased by 21% and the gingivitis by 11% after three months of electric toothbrush use. Oscillating (rotating) toothbrushes tend to function better than the vibration of toothbrushes.

What kind of toothpaste or toothbrush should I use for my teeth?

An electric toothbrush or a manual toothbrush can be used to clean your teeth effectively. Soft or extra soft bristles are recommended to prevent wearing the enamel of your teeth. It is essential to brush for at least two minutes and cover all the surfaces of your teeth. Avoid toothpaste containing abrasive materials, as they can harm your enamel.

Why is brushing at night important?

At night, salivary flow decreases. There is reduced cleansing of oral tissues and an increase in bacterial growth in the mouth. So, continue to brush at night before going to bed to facilitate salivary flow before going to bed, remove food particles, and minimize the growth of bacteria in your mouth.

What is an electric toothbrush?

An electric toothbrush is a toothbrush that allows fast, automatic bristle movements, either reverse or rotational (where the brush head rotates in the direction of the clock and reverse) so that teeth are cleaned. A motor generates motions in the sonic or below speed. Piezoelectric crystals create ultrasonic vibrations in the case of ultrasonic toothbrushes. An inductive rechargeable battery usually powers a modern electric toothbrush while the brush lies on the charging base.

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