Brushing your teeth regularly helps remove a build-up of plaque, which, in turn, helps reduce the risk of tooth decay and unnecessary tooth filling. Finding the best toothbrush to do a good job is important, and often sparks a bit of a debate about whether you’re better off using an electric toothbrush or a manual one.
So which one is right for you?
Going for the electric option
There are a number of pros to the electric toothbrush:
Doing it yourself with a manual brush
The pros of a manual toothbrush include:
Brushing technique is the key
There are pros and cons to both options, and which brush you choose really comes down to personal preference. According to the Australian Dental Association’s oral health committee, there’s not a great deal of difference between electric and manual toothbrushes in terms of the job they do.
The important thing is to use correct brushing technique and clean your teeth regularly. Whether you’re using a manual or electric brush, spend at least two minutes brushing, going over all surfaces of your teeth and remember that plaque forms at the gums, so you need to get right to the base of your teeth.
If you’d like help with your brushing technique to keep your teeth healthy, ask us how at your next appointment. We can also assist with services such as laser teeth whitening to keep your smile looking its best.
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