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CHOOSING THE RIGHT DENTAL PRODUCTS,

TOOTHBRUSHES

ELECTRIC or MANUAL? 

Brands, products, reviews, in shops or online, being a consumer is more like entering a maze and hoping you find an exit preferably with some goods. When it comes to oral health, choosing the right dental care products is essential to each individual; no smile is the same therefore neither is the care. If you thought that finding the right product was hard enough, its then distinguishing between which brands, which are of course battling for your buck. Generally, with the amount of information available to us, we are investing more time in getting value for our money; this is exactly why you’re reading this post, and exactly why rates are becoming more competitive.

Promotions, discounts, and freebies, although it may be saving you on cash, it could be costing you on your over health. Research suggests your oral health has a direct link to your overall health. Therefore it is important to take into consideration which products are effective and right for you.

GETTING IT RIGHT

manual or electric tooth brush

Before we get into choosing the right toothbrush, one thing that most of us don’t take into consideration is a brushing technique…there’s a technique! In order to maintain good oral hygiene, adhering to an effective brushing technique is paramount to which type of toothbrush you are using. For more information on brushing technique, click here.

THE MANUAL TOOTHBRUSH

manual or electric tooth brush

Bristle Variety – Firstly let’s throw out the misconception that soft bristles on a brush are not cleaning your teeth as much as hard ones. Toothbrushes with soft bristles are usually recommended for adults as well as children, and more so, for those with sensitive teeth or gums. In actual fact toothbrushes with hard bristles have not been proven to be more effective in removing bacteria build up or the development of plaque and stains on teeth. What they can do when used incorrectly is cause damage to the gums and teeth.

Size matters – When choosing a manual toothbrush it is important to get the right sized toothbrush head. Your toothbrush should easily move around your teeth, managing to get to each surface. If you have a smaller mouth it may be worth opting for a compact head. There are also specially designed toothbrushes for infants and children; these are small toothbrushes with soft bristles.

The Pros

Variety – Manual toothbrushes come in different sizes and styles, therefore you can rest assure there will be one for you.

Affordable as well as Accessible – Manual toothbrushes are sold in a multiple of different stores and are not high in cost.

Portable – manual toothbrushes do not need to be charged, nor do they need a battery or power supply. They can be used anywhere at any time.

The Cons

Brushing technique is essential – When using a manual toothbrush, you must have the proper brushing technique to effectively remove bacteria and plaque from your teeth.

Timing – Most electric toothbrushes have an indicator on when 2 minutes (being the recommended minimum time to properly clean your teeth) is up. It may also take longer using a manual brush to clean your teeth as effectively using an electric toothbrush.

THE ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH

Is an electric toothbrush better

Electric toothbrushes similar to a manual toothbrush can come in many different head sizes and different styles. However, with the electric toothbrush, things get a little bit more technical. We have the sonic, the ultrasonic and the oscillating-rotating. Sonic brushes use vibrations rather than a repeating motion; these intense vibrations, polish the teeth as well as push toothpaste between teeth for a more effective clean. Ultrasonic, as the name suggests, takes sonic technology to new vibrations, sonic waves to be exact, and millions of waves per minute. This is even more effective in polishing teeth, and more importantly removing food and bacteria from in-between teeth. Oscillating-rotating uses a repetitive motion to recreate an effective brushing motion.

The Pros

Additional features – With modern technology electric toothbrushes can come with additional features, which can cater to individual needs. This can include pressure sensors (for those brushing too hard), tongue cleaning modes, Bluetooth for real-time feedback on your oral habits, timers and much more.

Financial Investment – As electric toothbrushes do not come cheap, this can give people more of an incentive to use their toothbrush, which is helping them maintain good oral health.

Braces and dental fixtures –  It becomes more difficult to be able to clean between teeth with braces and fixtures. With an electric toothbrush, it is easier to clean between teeth as well as in between fixtures.

Health Conditions – Some health conditions can inhibit the mobility of your hands such as arthritis or multiple sclerosis. Those with a loss of dexterity can benefit from using an electric toothbrush, with a bigger handle and less physical motion of “brushing”, this can make cleaning teeth easier.

The Cons

Cost – Electric toothbrushes are a lot more expensive when compared with the manual toothbrush; electric toothbrushes can vary in price and can exceed one hundred pounds. Sonic electric toothbrushes are usually more expensive than oscillating or rotating ones.

Portability – Electric toothbrushes need to be recharged therefore having access to a regular power port is an essential. Electric toothbrushes are larger and usually have travel cases, taking up a lot more room than travelling with a manual toothbrush.

Ops – Electric toothbrushes are a lot easier to break, I’m not sure how a manual toothbrush would particularly break as such, but I’m sure it’s happened. Electric toothbrushes with all their mod cons, sonic vibrations, and rechargeable batteries mean that there is a lot more to go wrong. If your electric toothbrush does break, buying a new one is costly.

Your toothbrush or toothbrush head needs to be replaced every three to six months, but it should be replaced earlier if the bristles spread out or become frayed.
 

THE VERDICT

Is a electric toothbrush better?

THE REAL QUESTION – Do electric toothbrushes clean your teeth better than a manual toothbrush? The answer is YES. Using an electric toothbrush is easier to use as well as getting desired results for a deeper clean. It has been proven that using an electric toothbrush for six months can significantly reduce plaque accumulation, therefore reducing your risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease (also Known as Gum disease). Does this mean that you cannot clean your teeth effectively with a manual brush? NO. Adhering to a good oral health regime, such as brushing correctly, flossing and regular dental check-ups. Will ensure that whatever brush that you choose, you can maintain good oral health.

 

THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICE

Is your choice! With all the information, articles and expert opinions, it is your own personal preference and what works for you, which should be your deciding factor. As long as you commit to an oral health regime, and are using the correct techniques in the products that you use. Whatever your choice, your oral health should improve or be maintained.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brighton Implant Clinic

Information provided to you by the Brighton Implant clinic & advanced dentistry.

The Brighton Implant Clinic was established in 2009, Hove, East Sussex. The award – winning clinic now spans over four sites in Hove,  Brighton, Worthing, and Hailsham. Founder and principal dentist Dr Bruno Silva has created a clinic with state of the art facilities and equipment including its own dental laboratory. We provide personalised and affordable dental care, including dental implants and cosmetic dentistry solutions, with additional services such as sedative dentistry. Dr Silva advocates continuous professional development and this is why he has a highly skilled team of dentist, surgeons, and dental nurses. Our welcoming and professional team believe smiling is fundamental, find out how this could change you.

 

WHATS BETTER!

AN ELECTRIC OR MANUAL TOOTHBRUSH?

DENTAL PRODUCTS

KNOW YOUR STUFF

Brands, products, reviews, in shops or online, being a consumer is more like entering a maze and hoping you find an exit preferably with some goods. When it comes to oral health, choosing the right dental care products is essential to each individual; no smile is the same therefore neither is the care. If you thought that finding the right product was hard enough, its then distinguishing between which brands, which are of course battling for your buck. Generally, with the amount of information available to us, we are investing more time in getting value for our money; this is exactly why you’re reading this post, and exactly why rates are becoming more competitive.

Promotions, discounts, and freebies, although it may be saving you on cash, it could be costing you on your over health. Research suggests your oral health has a direct link to your overall health. Therefore it is important to take into consideration which products are effective and right for you.

THE CLASSIC

Manual toothbrush

 

 

Bristle Variety

Firstly let’s throw out the misconception that soft bristles on a brush are not cleaning your teeth as much as hard ones. Toothbrushes with soft bristles are usually recommended for adults as well as children, and more so, for those with sensitive teeth or gums. In actual fact toothbrushes with hard bristles have not been proven to be more effective in removing bacteria build up or the development of plaque and stains on teeth. What they can do when used incorrectly is cause damage to the gums and teeth.

Size Matters 

When choosing a manual toothbrush it is important to get the right sized toothbrush head. Your toothbrush should easily move around your teeth, managing to get to each surface. If you have a smaller mouth it may be worth opting for a compact head. There are also specially designed toothbrushes for infants and children; these are small toothbrushes with soft bristles.

The Pros

Variety

Manual toothbrushes come in different sizes and styles, therefore you can rest assured there will be one for you.

Affordable as well as Accessible

Manual toothbrushes are sold in a multiple of different stores and are not high in cost.

Portable

Manual toothbrushes do not need to be charged, nor do they need a battery or power supply. They can be used anywhere at any time.

The Cons

Cost

Electric toothbrushes are a lot more expensive when compared with the manual toothbrush; electric toothbrushes can vary in price and can exceed one hundred pounds. Sonic electric toothbrushes are usually more expensive than oscillating or rotating ones.

Portability

Electric toothbrushes need to be recharged therefore having access to a regular power port is an essential. Electric toothbrushes are larger and usually have travel cases, taking up a lot more room than travelling with a manual toothbrush.

Ops

Electric toothbrushes are a lot easier to break, I’m not sure how a manual toothbrush would particularly break as such, but I’m sure it’s happened. Electric toothbrushes with all their mod cons, sonic vibrations, and rechargeable batteries mean that there is a lot more to go wrong. If your electric toothbrush does break, buying a new one is costly.

 

 

WHAT IS IV SEDATION

 

Sedation dentistry is a type of medication which can be used to ease patients fears and anxiety to allow a dentist to be able to carry out treatments as well as procedures.

I V Sedation dentistry uses an anti- anxiety drug where you feel total relaxation. You are not asleep, however, you are in a ‘twilight’ state, somewhere in between sleep and consciousness.  Many patients do not remember the procedure, and this is why sedative dentistry is also referred to as ‘sleep dentistry’.

 


 

DO I NEED TO PREPARE FOR
IV SEDATION?

 

As I V sedation is catered to individual needs, your dentist will be able to advise you on any preparation you may need. You will, however, in every case, need the entire day free for rest and recovery as well as being accompanied by a friend or family member.

 


 

WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE? WILL I BE ASLEEP?

 

When you are under I V sedation you are conscious as well as able to understand and respond to requests. It is a state of deep relaxation, which enables you to put your mind at ease or in a state of twilight between consciousness and sleep.

I V sedation also relieves the physical symptoms of anxiety such as heart palpitations, hyperventilation, dizziness, chest pain and more.

During the procedure, you will also have a ‘pulse oximeter’, which is usually clipped onto your finger or earlobe. This is just to measure your blood pressure, pulse and oxygen levels during the procedure.

 


 

HOW WILL IT BE ADMINISTERED?

 

Intravenous simply means through a vein. I V sedation is simply administered through a vein, usually in the back of your hand but sometimes will be administered through a vein in your arm.

 

 
 

DISADVANTAGES

 

Amnesia 

Although many may find this a blessing, some people may find this uncomfortable as they do not like the thought of not being able to remember what has happened during their procedure.  


       

Short procedures

Usually, I V sedation is only used in shorter procedures (up to 2 hours). Any procedure which may exceed this, it is unlikely that sedation would be suitable, therefore used.


                             

Availability 

You must be accompanied by a friend or family member and must have the entire day free.


Risks can include:

 Over sedation can lead to depressed respiration during the procedure.  

Nausea & Vomiting.

Irritation to the veins.

Allergic reaction.

 

*Please note, that you will not be able to have I V sedative treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.*

 

AFTERCARE

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
FOLLOWING SEDATION

 

 

1. NO DRIVING

After your treatment, you may still feel a bit lethargic, therefore it is paramount that a friend or family member takes you home.


2. NO STRENUOUS EXCERCISE

You will not be able to perform any strenuous exercise or hazardous activities and it is best that you rest the remainder of the day.


3. NO ALCOHOL

It is advisable to not drink alcohol for at least 24 hours after treatment.

4. DRINK FLUIDS

Do not eat a heavy meal immediately after sedation, however, you should drink fluids.


5. REST

If you are experiencing nausea, try to lie down and rest as well as drink fluids high in sugar.


6. MEDICATION

Do not take any additional medication unless it has been prescribed or advised by your dentist.

What’s better! An electric or manual toothbrush?

The Brighton Implant Clinic was established in 2009, Hove, East Sussex. The award – winning clinic now spans over four sites in Hove,  Brighton, Worthing, and Hailsham. Founder and principal dentist Dr Bruno Silva has created a clinic with state of the art facilities and equipment including its own dental laboratory. We provide personalised and affordable dental care, including dental implants and cosmetic dentistry solutions, with additional services such as sedative dentistry. Dr Silva advocates continuous professional development and this is why he has a highly skilled team of dentist, surgeons, and dental nurses. A smile can renew your confidence, lift your self-esteem, and make you feel more positive and that’s why we believe smiling is fundamental.