Electric Toothbrush?

Is it really a better option to brush with an electric toothbrush? In this article, we will discuss the benefits of using this method of brushing over it’s  manual counterpart.

Electric Toothbrush?

Long before the the invention of the toothbrush, people were using a variety of different methods to achieve oral health. Everything from chewing sticks to using feathers has been discovered. The first bristle toothbrush related to our modern invention, was discovered in China, and made from hog bristles. The toothbrush began to be mass produced in the United States in 1885, however brushing did not become routine until after WWII.

Here are some of the properties of both manual and electric toothbrushes:

  • Traditional – Manual toothbrushes can still get the job done. The goal of brushing is to remove plaque and debris from your teeth, without destroying tooth enamel or irritating the gum tissue. There are correct and incorrect ways to brush your teeth, especially with a manual toothbrush. As with any toothbrush, over time, the bristles can wear out, causing brushings to be less effective. When using a traditional toothbrush, people will sometimes brush too hard. Brushing too hard with a manual brush is not only hard on your teeth but also on your gums, leading to gum issues
  • Electric Toothbrush – An electric toothbrush uses motion and pressure from the brush itself so the bristles can reach further. In fact, most of these brushes are set on a certain time, which makes for longer brushing, better brushing and a cleaner mouth. When using a manual toothbrush, there is a tendency to brush too hard, causes enamel break down. With an electric toothbrush, it will do the work for you! They are also a great way to fight gum disease and bad breath. A good electric toothbrush can lead to a great improvement in a person’s overall oral health. Remember, if you hav any questions about dental care or need to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact Ballinger Family Dentistry!