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Electric vs Manual Toothbrush

No matter which you prefer, each version of the toothbrush will still do its job of ensuring your teeth are plaque-free, so long as your technique is right that is.

The Electric

The electric toothbrush has built a reputation of providing a good clean and removing more plaque than a handheld toothbrush. This is due to its movements and vibrations that don’t rely on your technique to remove plaque. This means that electric toothbrushes are particularly good for those who struggle with mobility. Electric toothbrushes tend to have a timer, which can ensure that you are brushing for the correct amount of time- at least two minutes, twice a day. Due to their finer bristles and a smaller head, people with braces may find electric toothbrushes the better option as they can reach in between the brackets and wires and deliver a good clean. These finer bristles also provide a softer brush, meaning that your gums won’t suffer during the cleaning process. When it comes to choosing a toothbrush for your child, an electric one may provide a fun experience and potentially encourage good cleaning habits early on. However, electric toothbrushes do have their cons; they are quite a costly investment, especially when it comes to purchasing new heads and batteries. A plug in version may seem to solve the cost of batteries, however, if you travel often, this might not be the most practical option. It can also come down to personal experience, for those who do not like the vibrating feeling whilst brushing your teeth, an electric toothbrush is probably not the best option for you.

The Manual

The good old, handheld toothbrush has been around since the 1800s, and if we have been using it for this long, there must be a few pros to the traditional tooth cleaner. This version is much more affordable than the electric toothbrush, and is available in almost every store, making it much more accessible. There’s a much wider variety of handheld toothbrushes compared to electric, so you’re bound to find one that suits you and your families needs. When it comes to choosing a toothbrush you should opt for a softer bristle version, as manually brushing can result in damaged gums. It’s also important to note that when manually brushing your teeth, your technique is much more important. Without brushing the right way, you won’t be able to remove plaque as well as an electric toothbrush can. Handheld toothbrushes might not require batteries, but they should still be replaced every three to four months, just as the electric toothbrush heads should be.

When it comes to choosing a toothbrush, it is up to personal preference. The actual cleaning relies mostly on you and your habits, be sure to brush and floss twice a day for two minutes and have regular dental appointments.