manual or electric toothbrush?

@becdmd (705)
Philippines
January 30, 2009 10:02am CST
I'm just wondering which do you prefer these days? a simple toothbrush the traditional but did a great job for our pearly whites or the high end electric toothbrush that makes brushing easier? and how often do you replace them? just a survey...(^_^)
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5 responses
• Philippines
8 Feb 09
i am wearing braces, so i have two toothbrushes. one looks normal, while the other is meant especially to reach in between brackets. it kinda looks like a miniature bottle brush. have you seen this type of toothbrush before? i replace mine every month. i think the standard is replacing them every 3 months (am i right, ma'am assistant dentist? hehe) but i prefer replacing them every month so as i never forget.
@becdmd (705)
• Philippines
10 Feb 09
yup I've seen those miniature bottle brushes...called interdental brush, before I used to wear braces. It's ok if you replace them every month but I think you should try to be more practical like replacing them at least 2-3 months.
• Philippines
11 Feb 09
actually, part of the reason why i have to replace them so often is because a lot of times, we get infectious breakouts in the hospital. and since i leave my toothbrush there, i have to dispose of them so often. i can get (and spread) a lot of nosocomial infections if i don't change them too often... there was a time the nursery was closed down because of contamination. again, i had to throw out my toothbrush. at home, i get to change toothbrushes at the normal rate. but i'm rarely home so i don't even keep toothbrushes there anymore. heck, i don't even eat at home anymore! hehe
• Philippines
2 Feb 09
I like it the traditional, cause I feel like the electric will takes time and my hand would be stay still for a min at a position and that's kind of boring to me. I need something moving. Lol At least I have the control how to clean my teeth and get rid off cavities and plaques. Besides, electric brush is expensive.
@becdmd (705)
• Philippines
2 Feb 09
I think ur ryt...it's kinda boring and expensive hehe
@rsk721 (41)
• United States
30 Jan 09
I use electric only. I find they clean better and when I'm half asleep I need all the help I can get. I also have to use a soft bristle with the electric. My gums were starting to have problems and my dentist said that the soft was the best to be able to clean around the gum line and not damage the gums. I also make my teenager use an electric. It seems to get the goop out of his braces much better than trying to get him to use a manual correctly! I replace the heads of my toothbrush about once a month.
@becdmd (705)
• Philippines
2 Feb 09
yeah electric toothbrush makes your brushing easier...
@eagle_f15 (2054)
• Malaysia
30 Jan 09
Its manual toothbrush for me but I gotta use those with soft bristles. Medium and hard ones make my gum bleed. I use Aquafresh brand and replaces my toothbrush about 3 months once
@becdmd (705)
• Philippines
30 Jan 09
that's an ideal time for replacing toothbrush...may I ask why dis your gums bleed when using medium toothbrush? soft brushes are only used for people who have periodontal disease (gum disease)
@lokiblitz (169)
• Philippines
30 Jan 09
Electric brushes are not good in cleaning and whitening your teeth.I much prefer brushing my teeth with a simple brush.And i feel awkward too when using those electric ones.
@becdmd (705)
• Philippines
30 Jan 09
why did you say it's awkward? (^_^)