Toothbrushes: Manual or Powered

Good dental hygiene includes both brushing and flossing teeth and a healthy diet, too.  When it comes to brushing your teeth, is one type of toothbrush more effective in cleaning your teeth than another?

The answer to that question, according to the Cochrane Collaboration, is yes.  In combating plaque and gingivitis, this independent research group found that a powered toothbrush is more effective than other types of brushes.  According to its study, the group found that power brushes with rotating-oscillating heads are more effective against both plaque and gingivitis than either manual brushes or sonic brushes that move laterally.

Research by the Mayo Clinic also agreed with that of the Cochrane Collaboration by discovering that the bristle movement of a powered toothbrush  boosts your gum health by eliminating more plaque as well.

An electric toothbrush may make it easier for those individuals who have limited dexterity or who suffer from arthritis to clean their teeth since the brush takes away most of the movement from the hands of the individual.

When you are in the market for a powered toothbrush, make sure you are comfortable with the feel of the brush, as well as its ease of use.  Many powered brushes today have such features as timers, adjustable power levels and rechargeable batteries.  Children may find it more fun to brush their teeth with a powered toothbrush that plays a tune or lights up when in use.

Regardless of what type of toothbrush you prefer, the most important factor to not only your oral health but your overall wellness as well is making the decision to brush your teeth twice a day.