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Electric toothbrush vs manual toothbrush and how to get a free electric toothbrush!

Updated on May 25, 2012

Before deciding on which toothbrush is best for your oral health, it's important to know how to brush your teeth correctly. When asking a dentist, that's the first response they give. It doesn't really matter wether you use a manual toothbrush or electric toothbrush, it's more important to brush twice a day and the correct way.

Dentists agree that we should brush our teeth for at least two minutes every time we brush them, they disagree whether we should brush twice a day or three times a day. It is a fact that people brush longer when they're using an electric toothbrush.

Even the best Electric toothbrush is no better than a manual toothbrush at removing plaque if not used properly.

How to make a decision?

It's easy to tell you go out and buy the various toothbrushes available and give them a try but that could be quite expensive since most good electric toothbrushes can cost over $150.

Brushing correctly can take some work with a manual toothbrush, it requires a lot more wrist action than its more advanced counter part, but if you favor the manual toothbrush here's some information and tips that can help:

  • A toothbrush with soft bristles does the least damage to teeth
  • It's important to replace your manual toothbrush when necessary
  • A toothbrush with a smaller head makes it easier to reach every part of your mouth
  • Store your manual toothbrush upside-down in a cup with antibacterial mouth rinse to minimize the bacteria that thrives between the bristles
  • Use the right amount of pressure when brushing your teeth, this will minimize tooth brush abrasion to your gumline.

If you would like to use an electric toothbrush but can't afford one, there are many ways you can save or even get one completely free.

  • If you have an existing dentist, talk to him. If not, find a good dentist that can help you
  • Lookup the electric toothbrush manufacturers and call or write their customer service requesting a coupon or even a free electric toothbrush, you will be surprised "the answer is always no until you ask!"
  • Many dental offices sell electric toothbrushes at a discounted price for their existing patients, walk in and ask.
  • Join a drawing for a free electric toothbrush on various sites.

One Orange County private dentist allows any visitor to his website to join a monthly drawing which gives away free dental supplies including electric toothbrushes to his Facebook fans only. Food sticking to your teeth provide ideal breeding ground for bacteria, so more important than deciding on which brush you prefer to use, an electric toothbrush vs a regular toothbrush, but actually just remember to brush!

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      Pascale Skaf Saliba 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Actually i used sonicare toothbrush and I wasn't using it correctly, I ended up with gum recession, the instructions are not enough, a dentist has to show you, I was doing it wrong, now I use Oral B with the circular head, I don't apply pressure, because the electric toothbrushes are so powerful we forget that they are doing the work. If you prefer manual its ok just remember not up and down, not circular, not side to side. Always start at the gum and brush away at a 45 degree angle. Place it at the gum and brush away from the gum everywhere in your mouth!

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      reagu 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      I tried electric toothbrushes before. It didn't feel natural. So I switched back to manual.