You can brush your teeth in two ways: with a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush. But with which method do you get the cleanest teeth? Our specialists prefer electric brushing. Why? We explain that to you in this blog article.
Better dental care with an electric toothbrush
An electric toothbrush cleans better than a manual toothbrush. First of all, you make as many brushing movements in one brushing as you do with a regular toothbrush in one month. Electric tooth brushing removes much more plaque and reduces the risk of tartar. You can also prevent cavities or inflamed gums earlier with electric brushing.
If you brush with an electric toothbrush, you have to place the brush on the tooth. The electric toothbrush then does the rest. With a manual toothbrush, you also have to move it. But be careful: don't brush too hard. Brushing too hard in one spot can cause you to brush away tooth enamel and gums. Then you will suffer from sensitive teeth because the tooth necks are exposed. A manual toothbrush can cause the condition of the gums to deteriorate (further). Electric toothbrushes are increasingly equipped with all kinds of technical gadgets that make brushing your teeth easier. Some toothbrushes indicate exactly how hard or how long you have to brush.
But which brush head is most suitable for your teeth? The brush heads vary in hardness, shape, and direction of the bristles, among other things. Ask one of our prevention assistants or dental hygienist. This can differ per tooth. Do you suffer from sensitive gums? Then we advise you to choose a soft brush. With stubborn plaque or tartar, a hard brush head is better for use. Research by the Consumers' Association shows that soft brush heads remove less plaque.
When is it time to replace the toothbrush?
We recommend looking at the wear of the bristles. If the bristles are in all directions, it is high time to replace the brush head. This will be sooner for some than for others. In all likelihood, the brush of an electric toothbrush wears less quickly. Compared to manual brushing, you tend to put extra pressure less quickly.
Brushing your teeth alone is not enough
Do you think you are done after brushing your teeth? Then you actually still don't have clean teeth. About 40% of all plaque is located between the teeth and you cannot reach it with an (electric) toothbrush. With the help of interdental brushes, you can remove the remaining plaque between the teeth. Cogs are available in different sizes, also for the very narrow cracks. Our advice: remove plaque between the teeth with the GUM brushes once a day. More often is not necessary!
"Good daily dental cleaning is not only necessary for the maintenance of your teeth, but also for your general health."
Need personal advice for purchasing a toothbrush?
During your periodic check-up, ask the dentist or dental hygienist which toothbrush and type of brush and brush are best for you to purchase. We are happy to advise you.