Electric vs Manual Toothbrushing

Many patients ask us which is the best way to clean your teeth. Research, and our individual experience, suggests that an Oral B electric toothbrush is more effective at removing plaque than manual cleaning.

The Oral B Electric toothbrushes have a small round head, which oscillates back and forth, sweeping the plaque away from the gums. This allows you to clean your teeth more efficiently, but causes less wear to the teeth and gums, reducing the risk of gum recession in patients who are prone to this.

We often see a noticeable increase in gum health, once our patients switch to using an Electric tooth brush.

A variety of heads are available for the Braun Oral B tooth brushes, but we recommend the standard small round head (precision clean). The bigger heads do not seem to clean as well.

We also suggest that you invest in the better models, (e.g. 1000, 3000,5000 series), as the head pulsates in and out very slightly, in addition to the back and forth movement, giving a deeper, 3D clean. They also have better motors, longer lasting batteries, and battery level indicators.

The best way to brush using an Electric toothbrush, is to hold the bristles on the gum margin, start at the back, and slowly move along the gum line, all the way to the other side, letting the brush do the work. If your gums do bleed anywhere, there is no need to worry, as it is just a sign that you have not been cleaning that area as well, and have been leaving plaque behind.

In our opinion not enough research shows that sonic toothbrushes are as effective as the oscillating electric toothbrushes. However, we are all individuals and if you are more comfortable with a manual or a sonic toothbrush, are cleaning well, and have healthy gums, do not change.

We stock some of the Oral B models, and our prices are often cheaper than Boots, Argos and Tesco.

Jo is Back!

Our Dentist Joanna Stafford starts back in June, after having been off for a short period on maternity leave. Joanna had a baby boy Teddy.

Joanna has been with the practice for just over 5 years, and has built up a following of patients whom she has helped over the years.

For those patients who have been waiting for Joanna to get back to work, we are now booking up her appointments. Please phone the practice, and make a suitable appointment.