Which toothbrush is most effective?

Post by: Gerarda on 27 May 2019

The correct answer is either a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush is most effective as long as you know how to use it.

As children, many of us were taught to brush up and down or side to side. If you use a manual toothbrush you need to brush in an elliptical fashion so you don’t put excessive pressure on the gums and erode them over time. You become the mover and the shaker of your brush. If you have difficulty brushing, perhaps an electric one is right for you.

With an electric toothbrush, the brush provides the movement while you become the guide; therefore, the brushing technique is slightly different than using a conventional brush. Read the inclosed manual for the brand you buy. Use an electric brush that has a round head.

Whichever type you decide to buy, make sure you use a toothbrush that has soft bristles. If you need to brush up on your technique, ask your dental professional for a “how to” session. Remember to brush for 2 minutes, which means 30 seconds for each quadrant.


The Toothbrush

Post by: Gerarda on 18 Mar 2015


Not all toothbrushes are created equal. Regardless if you are choosing a manual or an electric toothbrush, there are a couple of things to look for.

Size: There are many sizes available, but see that your toothbrush allows easy access to all surfaces of your teeth, also on the molars – those large teeth at the back of your mouth.  If the head of the brush is too large, it will be difficult to use and therefore, will be ineffective.

Bristle texture: Again whether it is a manual or an electric toothbrush, you can choose between soft, medium and hard. Today most stores selling toothbrushes also carry the extra-soft variety. If you clean your teeth regularly, twice a day, then an extra-soft toothbrush will be good.  If you brush too enthusiastically, then a hard toothbrush is the last thing you want to be using. You could actually do more damage than good to your gums and more so to the root surfaces of your teeth, should they be exposed.

Providing you clean your teeth regularly using a proper brushing technique, you should be able to get rid of the plaque and by doing so keep your teeth and gums healthy.

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Posted on Wednesday 18th March 2015 at 10:47 am