The vast majority of people we see at our dental surgery in Piccadilly use manual toothbrushes: old-fashioned brushes that you rub over your teeth using good old elbow grease. In recent years, however, electric toothbrushes have become increasingly popular, but which is better? Let’s take a look.
Answer: Electric Toothbrushes
While manual toothbrushes remain incredibly popular (and effective at preventing oral health issues), the best evidence to date suggests that electric toothbrushes are superior.
Electric toothbrushes are a relatively recent phenomenon. While manual toothbrushes have been around since 3500 BC, it was only in the 18th century that people developed processes to make them cheaply. Today, you can buy a manual toothbrush for a few pence from your local supermarket.
Electric toothbrushes first emerged in the late 1920s, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that they became practical and affordable for the average household.
The Benefits Of Electric Toothbrushes
Electric toothbrushes offer a host of benefits over their manual counterparts.
- More effective cleaning. The rapid oscillation of the head of the electric toothbrush makes it a far more effective cleaning tool than a manual brush. The human hand can’t scrub a tooth a thousand times a minute, but an electric brush can.
- Makes cleaning your teeth easier. Electric toothbrushes don’t require the user to scrub back and forth. All they have to do is glide the brush and apply the correct pressure to the surface of their teeth and gums. The action of the electric toothbrush head will do the rest.
- Swappable heads. If you want a different head on a traditional toothbrush, you have to buy a new toothbrush – not so with electric toothbrushes. You can purchase a range of attachments, all with slightly different cleaning ability.
It’s worth pointing out that while electric toothbrushes offer a host of impressive features, nothing can make up for poor brushing technique. Just like a regular toothbrush, they rely on proper cleaning technique to remove plaque and bacteria from your mouth.
If you want to find out more about what you’ve read, then get in touch with Piccadilly Dental today on 020 7437 0154. You can ask about our treatments, book an appointment, or pay us a visit at our location at 72 Shaftsbury Avenue, London, W1D 6NA.
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