Cleaning your teeth is one of the most important parts of your daily hygiene routine. Effectively cleaning your teeth can prevent tooth decay, eliminate bad breath, whiten your teeth, and reduce the risk of serious oral problems. In addition to making sure that you are brushing as frequently as you should be, one of the most overlooked aspects of brushing your teeth is the toothbrush itself.
With many different toothbrush styles available and more manufacturers trying to push expensive electric toothbrushes, the benefits of using a manual toothbrush are often buried in hype and marketing. Here are a few reasons why you should use a manual toothbrush:
Reduce The Risk Of Overbrushing
One of the most common problems with electronic toothbrushes is that they can actually do more harm than good to your teeth if you are not careful. With bristles rotating thousands of times per minute, it is very easy to spend too much time brushing your teeth.
By overbrushing (known as toothbrush abrasion) on a regular basis, you can actually erode the outer layer of your teeth’s enamel or the root of your teeth which can wear your teeth down. By using a manual toothbrush, you reduce the risk of brushing too hard or for too long since you have complete control over the brush and the bristles.
Better Overall Mouth Cleaning
Your oral hygiene goes beyond just your teeth. When you brush every day, you also need to make sure that you are cleaning your tongue, cheeks, and other areas of your mouth. With an electronic toothbrush that has a circular-style head, it can be very difficult to clean your tongue or cheeks since the rotation does not work as effectively as it should.
With a manual toothbrush, you can quickly and easily clean your entire mouth including the teeth, inside of your cheeks, gum line, and your tongue.
Control Over How You Brush
With an electronic toothbrush, there is only so much you can control. The bristles are automatically moving on their own so you are stuck with the settings that the device offers. With a manual toothbrush, you can make small adjustments as necessary to make sure you are cleaning your mouth effectively.
If you have sensitive gums or teeth, for example, the settings on an electric toothbrush may be too fast and cause irritation. With a manual toothbrush, you can brush as hard or soft as necessary and make adjustments as you go along.