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New research shows that electric toothbrushes are better than manual brushes

New research has shown that using an electric toothbrush is better for your dental health than employing a manual brush.

Researchers found that using an electric toothbrush contributes to healthier gums, a reduced risk of tooth decay and a higher probability of keeping the natural teeth for longer. The new study, which has been labelled ‘ground-breaking’ due to the fact that it is the largest study of its kind, analysed data collected over a period of 11 years. The findings, which have been published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, revealed that using an electric toothbrush can reduce the risk of gum recession by 22% and decay by 18%.

The latest oral health survey carried out by the Oral Health Foundation suggests that less than half of British adults use an electric toothbrush, with many citing cost as a reason for sticking with a manual brush. Dr Nigel Carter OBE, chief executive of the foundation, believes that buying an electric brush represents an excellent investment in improved oral health, especially as the price of brushes has fallen as a result of technological advances. Electric toothbrushes are now available for as little as £10, and they last a lot longer than manual brushes.

Just 49% of adults use an electric toothbrush. Two-thirds of those who have an electric toothbrush made the switch to enjoy oral health benefits. More than a third chose to buy a brush after receiving advice from their dentist and 13% of people were given an electric brush as a gift.

Dr Carter suggested that the latest study builds on evidence showcased by previous projects and encouraged dental patients to ensure they take good care of their teeth and gums. Even if you don’t have an electric toothbrush, you can achieve a deep clean, which will reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.

Would you buy a Dyson toothbrush? Innovative inventor reveals latest project

shutterstock_354663890When you hear the name Dyson, you probably think of hoovers, but that could be able to change. Sir James Dyson, one of the world’s most prolific inventors, has revealed that his latest project is a state of the art toothbrush.

The Dyson firm, which is owned by the innovative inventor, has applied for several patents for its new super brush, which features a powerful water jet within the bristles. The aim of the jet is to disperse and remove food debris. The patent applications relate to a “dental cleaning appliance”, which features a delivery system that provides frequent bursts of water to banish bits of food and bacteria. It is also believed that the brushing device could be used as a flossing aid when used without the bristles.

The high-tech brush features a reservoir, which is located between the handle and the brush head. This reservoir is filled with water, which is released when triggered by a light sensor or a camera; this results in several short bursts during brushing. The sensor would ensure that water is released only when the brush is in position between the user’s teeth.

The new brush design also features six modes and the head can oscillate up to 6,000 times per minute. There’s also talk of an additional feature, which prevents brushing too hard, a major cause of enamel wear.

So far, no additional information, such as the recommended retail price or release date, is available.

Which Toothbrush Would A London Dentist Recommend?

With so many different brands and products on offer, it can be tricky to choose the perfect toothbrush. If you find yourself staring at endless shelves lined with brushes and toothpaste tubes when you go to the chemist with no idea which brush is best, we can help!

Which toothbrush is best for me?

The truth is that different brushes may be beneficial for different people. Patients have various oral health requirements and the brush you choose may be dependent on your oral health status, your age, your general health and your needs in terms of what you prefer when you are brushing. Some people love the innovation of brand new brushes bursting with gadgets and features, while others prefer the standard manual brush.

Electric toothbrushes have been proven to remove plaque more effectively than manual toothbrushes, but if you prefer a standard toothbrush, there is really no reason why you can’t achieve a good, thorough clean with a normal brush. Electric toothbrushes may be easier for people who have health conditions, which make it difficult to hold and move a toothbrush, and they can be a more appealing option for children. You can buy specially designed brushes for kids, which are usually brightly coloured and feature popular characters from films and TV shows and the brush heads are usually much smaller.

Tips for buying the perfect toothbrush

We recommend looking for a brush, which has a small head and soft to medium bristles. Small brush heads are easier to move around the mouth and you will be able to reach right into the corners. Soft and medium bristles enable you to clean your teeth effectively without causing any damage to the enamel.

Brushing tips

Brushing is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of staining, bad breath, decay and gum disease. We recommend that you brush twice a day, every day, for around two minutes each time using fluoride toothpaste. We also advise patients to swap their toothbrush head on a regular basis and to floss after brushing; this helps to clean between the teeth and along the gum line.

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