Electric Toothbrush vs. Manual Toothbrush

How do you know if an electric or manual toothbrush is better? Well, we are happy to help you! First, we would like to state that your preference is all that matters. Each brush is a great tool to use to effectively and accurately clean your smile, and that’s what counts the most. But there are, however, differences between each brush, which can help you make a decision. The following are facts about each brush, and we invite you to call our office today if you have any questions:

Plaque-removing abilities
A toothbrush is a tool that is made to remove plaque from your smile and stimulate your gums to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Both brushes successfully do so, but, now that the design and technology of the electric toothbrush has evolved, there are some electric toothbrush models that have been clinically proven to remove more plaque than a traditional toothbrush, even in hard-to-reach areas of the mouth.

Brushing technique
When it comes to your brushing technique, there is only one right way to brush with a manual toothbrush. Simply hold your brush at a 45-degree angle and begin brushing your teeth at the gum line. As you brush, use a gentle circular motion and move up and down each tooth. When it comes to using an electric toothbrush, the right technique depends on which brand you use. So, when you first open your electric toothbrush package, make sure you read the directions so you can use the tool properly.

Ease of use
The design, shape, and size of a manual toothbrush are simple and accurate. The brush is also very light and easy for people to use. However, if you are one who has a difficult time manually brushing your teeth, an electric toothbrush might be the better option.

As you probably already know, the electric toothbrush cleans your teeth for you. You still need to guide your brush from tooth to tooth, but the bristles will clean your smile on their own. The brush is, however, much heavier than a manual toothbrush. Because of the batteries, the brush can weigh anywhere from 6 to 14 oz, which can be a burden for some people.

Technical advantages
For those who are interested in using a brush with technical applications, the electric toothbrush is the best choice for you. Some brands offer oral hygiene tips to help you improve your cleaning technique as well as your oral health. Other brands have timers built into the brush to inform you on the appropriate time you need to spend brushing your teeth. Some brands play music as you place the toothbrush head in your mouth.