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Choosing a Toothbrush

Electric vs Manual

You reach the day where you desperately need to replace your battered old toothbrush that you have so lovingly used for far too long, so which should you buy next, manual or electric?

We are bombarded everyday with advertisements to buy this brand or that product, so how do we pick the right one for us? At Smile 360, we advise that the most important thing is to just brush your teeth! This sounds obvious but often needs reiterating! We should brush our teeth at least twice a day, but we often don’t; it really can become a bore! If you find that you need to motivate yourself to do it, find a toothbrush you want to use.

Spending money on a super duper, all singing, all dancing, electric toothbrush may be just the push you need to get you cleaning properly. Electric toothbrushes come in all different speeds and prices. A regular electric brush will spin around at a standard speed requiring you to move it into all the nooks and crannies to achieve a satisfactory clean. At the higher end of the spectrum you can find more advanced brushes which oscillate and jet wash the teeth and gums in places you would find hard to reach. Prices can range from £5 to £200, so ask us for some advice, or a friend before you buy. A long lasting battery life is always useful and a time indicator is helpful to know when your two minutes brushing time is up. Most importantly invest in your teeth, after all, you want to keep them for as long as possible! So spending your money on a fantastic toothbrush rather than a new pair of shoes or coat will ensure you reap the rewards.

Manual toothbrushes do the same job as their electric partners, they clean your teeth! The manual toothbrush originated from twigs, possibly as far back as 3500 BC, of which the concept has hardly changed since that time. There is more choice nowadays than back then, when the only choice was this twig or that twig! Toothbrush heads have been developed to accommodate different mouth sizes and have been made more flexible to reach around the teeth and gums, as after all, our mouths have many different shaped surfaces to clean. The bristle is an important factor to consider when purchasing a brush. Young children can benefit from a soft bristled brush because the enamel on their teeth has not yet entirely strengthened meaning that it could damage this process if the brush used is too hard. For the majority of healthy toothed people a medium bristled brush will suffice in cleaning to a good standard. The harder bristled brush is often used by smokers or people who consume food and drink which stain the teeth. It is important not to brush too hard with this around the gum as it can cause irritation after all your gums are not as strong as your teeth. Essentially the steps to follow when purchasing a manual brush is to choose one that is comfortable to hold, flexible and with the appropriate bristle strength.

So there you have it, the highlights of going electric and manual in the quest for the best brush. Finally, the most important detail to remember, don’t leave it so long before you buy a new toothbrush next time!

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