Do you ever think about your toothbrush? You use it twice a day, but how much do you know about it? We’ve compiled a list of interesting toothbrush facts. The next time you brush, consider these bits of trivia!
- It’s believed that more people own a mobile cell phone than those who own and use a toothbrush. There are nearly 8 billion mobile devices, and tablets, however- only 3.5 billion people are estimated to actually use a toothbrush.
- Where did toothbrushesh originate from? It’s believed that the first modern toothrbush was invented by a prisoner in England, by the name of William. Between the time of 1780, William created a toothbrush from bone and used swine bristle for the brush
- However, before William invented what we know to be the toothbrush, it was infact, ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, and Chinese that crafted tools for cleaning their teeth. It was the ancient Chinese that used “Chewing Sticks” to freshen breath as early as 1600 BCE.
- What was used as the bristles? Orginally, the toothbrush bristles were made from boar or cow hair. In todays date- toothbrush bristle are made from material of choice which is nylon and has been used since the 1930’s.
- More than 100 million bacteria calls your toothbrush their home. Your body is effective at fighting off these germs, but if you dont change your toothbrush regularly, you may catch an illness. The American Dental Association recommends that you change your toothbrush every three to four months.
Toothbrush Debate- Electric or Manuel?
From what we know, the first toothbrush was from an English prisoner, who fashioned a toothbrush from swin-hair bristles and bone. Luckily, toothbrushes have advanced considerably since then. We now have more appealing options for dental hygiene! With all of the different options out there, we can choose from an extensive selection.
However- with all of the options, for many people, the big question that still remains is: manual or electric toothbrush? Most electirc tootbrushes are so advanced. But is this all really necessary, or will a manual toothbrush do this job just as fine? Let’s get into compare and contrast.
Advanced Brushing: Electric toothbrushes now come with timers that aide in helping you brush for the required time. Many also feature a pressure sensor to help alert you when you’re brushing too hard, which in the end helps protect your gums from enamel erosion and irritation.
Manual Brushing: This toothbrush is much cheaper, of course, retailing at just a few bucks, without the need to have to find replacement parts. Manuals are indeed much easier to travel with and can use nearly anywhere without worrying about a charge. If the cost and convenience of an electric toothbrush doesn’t appeal to you, than considering a manual toothbrush might be your best bet. And whenever it comes time to replace your manual brush, you’ll find them readily available at most stores.
Plaque Removal: The American Dental Association says that because of electric toothbrushes vibration and rapid movements, it’s indeed more effective at removing the plaque and stains in comparison to a manual brush. Electric toothbrushes are also able to hit hard to reach places that a manual often misses.
From sensitive teeth to serious gum disease, plaque is a major contributing factor. So it makes sense then, that an electric toothrbush is superior to removing plaque and make it a better choice for dental hygiene and health.
Mobility: Not everyone has the cordination to maneuvre a manaual toothbrush. This is what does make the electric toothbrush a good helpful options for people with mobility issues such as arthritis, or for kids and the elderly. One added bonus as well is for kids that uusally find electric toothrbushes more fun to use, which makes it easier for some parents to encourage a regular brushing.
Cost and Convenience: It’s obvious to see why electric toothrbushes can be a more attractive option, however they dont come cheap. On average, an electric toothbrush retails for around $60- and that’s before you factor in the cost of replacement brush heads.
It’s also found that at times the brush heads can be difficult to find if the manufacturer discontinues the certain product. Then, your electric toothbrush can be rendered usless! Adding to the potential inconenience, you’ll need to make sure you are charging your toothbrush regularly, wich may be difficult if you often travel.
Brushing Technique: There is a major downside of a manual brush that it’s too easy to brush hard without realizing. Brushing hard over time can lead to dental enamel erosion, which could leave you vulnerable too tooth decay and sensitivity. Brushing too hard could also risk irritating your gums and causing bleeding.
Furthermore, people are finding that they overestimate how long they are brushing when they are using a manual toothbrush. Instead of the recommened two minutes to brush, some are putting down their toothbrush just after a minute, leaving plenty of bacteria behind.
So, what’s the verdict?: It seems that the electric topothbrush is the clear winner of the manual. However, what if you can’t simply afford one? The ADA states while electric toothbrushes do offer more benefits, routine and technique are much more important than the type of brush you are using. If you are brushing your teeth twice daily, thoroughly, than you can get an adequate clean using just a manual toothbrush.
With manuals, brush in a gentle, circular motion and avoid scrubbing your teeth back and forth. Doing this twice daily, along with flossing, your smile will stay happy and healthy!
The Final Note: Whether you are using an elextric, or manual toothbrush, always be sure to clean the toothbrush head after each use and replace every 3 months to limit any bacteria that love to thrive on brushes. And most importantly, don’t forget to schedule your six- month check-ups so you can keep your plaque at bay!