Tooth brushing is a vital habitual process for many people, especially if one had experience with a toothache. Using toothbrushes is essential as a means for getting to keep white teeth. It is important to choose a good toothbrush and also to learn how to brush your teeth correctly.
There are manual and electric, or oscillating, toothbrushes. Electric toothbrushes are categorized into rotating-oscillating and sonic toothbrushes. The rotating-oscillating toothbrush is more popular because it is easy to use; while the sonic toothbrush helps more in cleaning hard-to-reach areas and removing more dental plaque.
Deciding the best toothbrush type varies according to each person. Simply, the best toothbrush for you is the one that you will actually use – as indicated by the Academy of General Dentistry. If you do not have a good brushing technique, then an electric toothbrush is probably best for you.
Some electric toothbrushes are preferred due to their large handles, their built in timers and their ability to dispense toothpaste. Compared to a manual toothbrush, an electric toothbrush has several advantages: It promotes better and fresher breath as well healthier gums; it reduces the chances of getting gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and removes more efficiently dental plaque and residues; it reduces teeth/gums bleeding; and it can reach hard places – like the wisdom teeth at the back of the mouth, at the gum lines and in between the teeth.
According to a study on WebMD Health News, British researchers state that certain types of electric toothbrushes proved to be better at fighting plaque and gum disease than manual toothbrushes. Having been used for three months, those electric toothbrushes removed plaque 11% more effectively than manual toothbrushes; they reduced gingivitis by 6% over manual toothbrushes; and resulted in a 17% reduction in bleeding of the gums.
Yet, electronic toothbrushes may not be the choice for many people due to their high cost and the frequent requirement for charging or battery replacement. Some people do not like the vibrating feeling or the noisy operation of an electric toothbrush. Using an electric toothbrush, you can put too much pressure on your teeth and gums; which can contribute to wear of your tooth enamel, causing pain, sensitivity, and an increased risk of tooth decay.
Some studies indicate that using an electric toothbrush may increase the amount of bacteria in the bloodstream; which could increase the likelihood that people with certain heart conditions could acquire a potentially dangerous infection in the heart.
According to another research, the abrasive electric toothbrushes can forcefully wear away poisonous mercury fillings; which can make the mercury accumulate in your organs and tissues. A body weakened by mercury is more susceptible to a host of diseases and germs. Mercury may also cause autism and mental problems. Will you take the risk to try an electric toothbrush?