In this article, we give answers to two crucial questions about toothbrushes that everyone should know. Dr. Jihad Ghzail helps us once and for all know the difference between an electric and manual toothbrush, as well as a wet or a dry one.
Electric or manual toothbrush?
Dr. Ghzail explains that despite the fact that manual and electric toothbrushes are both good for oral hygiene, electric toothbrushes provide superior plaque removal to regular manual toothbrushes. He adds that according to research, people who use an electric toothbrush have healthier gums, less tooth decay, and also keep their natural teeth for longer, compared to those who use a manual toothbrush.
Power toothbrushes are found to be easier to use than regular manual ones as they provide brushing action. Additionally, with so many different types and features available, it’s easy to find one that suits one specific oral health needs. Concerning the right choice of a toothbrush, Dr. Ghzail states that electric toothbrushes, especially those with heads that rotate in both directions, or ‘oscillating’ heads, are really effective at removing plaque. This helps keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay.
Wet or dry toothbrush?
According to Dr. Ghzail, the reality is that it makes little difference whether you use a wet or a dry toothbrush unless you suffer from a dry mouth. In that case, wetting the toothbrush may help apply it more evenly in the mouth. Providing that you brush your teeth well, and are able to supply sufficient saliva to moisten the mouth, either way (wet or dry) will work. Remember, the most important point is that you brush your teeth correctly!