Brushing your teeth is the foundation of good oral care and prevention. Electric or powered toothbrushes have gained popularity recently. It’s possible to brush your teeth effectively with a manual toothbrush. However, an electric toothbrush can be a great alternative to a manual toothbrush. Hence the question is inevitable: which is better, manual or electric toothbrush? Electric Tooth Brushes Versus Manual Brushing? According to the American Dental Association (ADA), electric and manual toothbrushes effectively remove oral plaque that causes decay and disease. However, each has its pros and cons.
Toothbrushing is the first and most vital step of our oral hygiene regime. Hence it is crucial to take care of our toothbrushes to maintain their effectiveness to get the most out of them. Our mouth is home to millions of bacteria that shift onto our toothbrushes. Conversely, the germs from our surroundings can also get transferred to our mouth via our toothbrushes. Hence proper storage is also essential to avoid any contamination. Here are some recommendations for the care, cleaning, and storage of our toothbrushes: • Do not share your toothbrush with anyone, as this can result in an exchange of germs between people. • After every use, rinse your toothbrush thoroughly and store it in an upright position to allow it to dry. Do not put a cap on your toothbrush as that converts a toothbrush into a culture media where various bacteria can grow. However, if you choose to put a cover on your brush, be sure to let it air dry beforehand. • It is not advisable to store multiple toothbrushes in the same container closely as that may cause cross-contamination. If there are multiple people in your household, keep each toothbrush a couple of inches apart from the others. • Try to store your toothbrush as far from the toilet as possible as it may get contaminated with faecal matter while flushing if kept close to the bathroom.