Does your family use electric or manual toothbrushes? Do you wonder how Manual vs Electric Toothbrushes stack up? Can the type of toothbrush you use actually help to prevent gum disease?
Not long ago we got electric toothbrushes (battery operated actually) for all six of us, for two reasons:
- Like most kids, ours aren't the best brushers, so I figured this would be a good way to boost their efforts.
- I'm always hoping to whiten my teeth and just can't bring myself to use those nasty bleach kits, so I hoped that the stronger action of an electric brush would help.
Then I read that electric toothbrushes, and manual brushes with the wrong type of bristles, could be causing more harm than good if you're not brushing right, and that it could be damaging to your gums, which opens yourself up to gum disease!
So I asked Will and Susan from Ora Wellness to help me figure it out.
(They make my favorite teeth cleaning drops, which seems expensive but it's not bad when you realize you only need a drop or two at a time. I had to get used to the oil on my teeth but it only took a couple of days and now the problem is that I don't like using anything else.)
The Secret to Better Brushing
They said that the secret is, no matter what type of brush you're using, to think about what you're doing, be more gentle on your teeth, and don't overly brush your gums. See the video below for more on the right technique. Once you're in the habit of doing it correctly, it'll be second nature.
More from Will and Susan:
In the name of disclosure, we have had an Oral B brush for many years and have used it through the years. While everyone in our family prefers manually brushing with the Bass brushing technique (see the video below) and Bass toothbrush, I still every once in a while do use the Oral B to support cleaning the tooth surfaces for plaque removal. (Think the hygienist using the grit material with a rotary head tool to polish your teeth.) As I have continued to improve my diet (mainly continuing to remove sugar from my diet), the amount of plaque that I need to remove has diminished dramatically.”
“Find a brush and brushing technique that you are most comfortable with and that you can skillfully execute in a conscious way to best support oral hygiene.” We would add our own gem to the mix… How you brush is fundamentally of greater importance than what type of brush you use.”
I'm hooked though — after reading more about their bass toothbrushes (see below), I'm getting those.
We'll still use our electric/battery toothbrush sometimes to get the surfaces nice and polished just like at the dentist, as they suggest above, but for everyday we're going back to a manual Bass toothbrush so we can use the technique suggested in the video and get the kind with the best bristles. Besides, I don't love the vibration of the electric brush in my mouth, even though it does feel like it's getting the surface of the teeth smooth.
More on the differences between the Bass brush and a regular brush/Manual vs Electric Toothbrushes:
First, the bristles are more spaced out and there are fewer bristles in the brush head. What Dr. Bass found was most toothbrushes had too many bristles to effectively wiggle between the teeth and down into the gum line. So, he created a brush with much fewer bristles to be able to get down where the bad bugs thrive to disrupt and remove the bacteria. The same is true today as most conventional toothbrushes have too many bristles to effectively use the Bass brushing technique. The second way the Bass toothbrush differs from other toothbrushes is the bristle tips on the Bass brush are rounded, polished and very smooth. See the photos below to compare the rounded bristle tips of the Bass toothbrush and the jagged, rough cut bristle tips of many other toothbrush bristles.”
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Details on the HealThy Mouth Blend:
- Made with Organic ingredients so you know you are getting the highest quality.
- Quickly kills the bacteria that cause gum disease while it freshens your breath.
- Supports the healing of damaged gum tissue.
- Increases saliva production which is highly beneficial to stop gum disease
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- I'm ordering enough bass for all of us. Click here for those.
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Here's the video on the best brushing technique!
I wasn't paid to write this post, but it sure was easy to do since I love their stuff. However, there are affiliate links included, so thanks for your support! Italicized quotes used with permission from the OraWellness site.