Q: Which is better, a powered or a manual toothbrush?
A: Both brushes can effectively clean teeth, gums, and tongues. However, since most people don’t brush long enough (often less than one minute), a powered toothbrush has a better chance of doing more cleaning than a manual toothbrush when both are used for the same amount of time. People hampered by a physical challenge like arthritis that limits dexterity might also find a powered brush easier to use.
Whichever type you choose, the technique for brushing is essentially the same. You want to ensure you hit each tooth’s back and front. Some experts recommend thinking of the mouth in terms of quadrants – two on the top and two on the bottom – and concentrating on one quadrant at a time. Also, remember that brushing too hard or too long can damage the sensitive tissue of the gums.
The ADA also recommends replacing your brush every three to four months. For one thing, frayed bristles also don’t clean teeth, and they can irritate gum tissue. Ask your dentist or hygienist for advice on the best tools for keeping your teeth clean.
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