There are two types of toothbrushes: manual and electric. Which one is better? The answer to this question depends on many factors, such as your budget, the time you have for brushing your teeth in the morning, and how often you brush them. In this article we will explore which type of toothbrush might be best for you!
No matter if you choose manual or electric brushing, a clean mouth is dependent on proper brushing technique. Some electric toothbrushes move side to side, while others have a circular motion. Regardless of if you use a manual or electric brush, it is important that you brush twice per day, for two minutes each time.
Soft bristles are also a must. This helps to prevent damaging your gums. You should hold the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the gums and be careful not to brush too aggressively. Aggressive brushing can lead to gum and enamel damage.
Be sure to brush all sides of your teeth. Also brush your tongue and other parts of your mouth like your cheeks.
What are the Advantages of Manual Toothbrushes:
-No need to replace/charge batteries
-Easier to transport
-They are easier to replace
What are the advantages of Electric Toothbrushes:
-People with arthritis or who have trouble holding/using a manual toothbrush may be more comfortable using an electric toothbrush.
-Rotating head and oscillating head make brushing more effective and reaches more places easier.
Current research teaches us some more about the debate between manual and electric toothbrushes. The American Dental Association claims that both manual and electric toothbrushes will get your teeth clean in two minutes if you brush twice a day. However, a study done by Cochrane Oral Health Group showed that electric toothbrushes have a bit of an edge.
The study found the following:
- After 1 to 3 months of use, there was an 11% decrease in plaque
- After 3 months of use, there was a 21% reduction of plaque
- After 1-3 months of use, there was a 6% reduction in gingivitis
- After 3 months of use, there was an 11% reduction in gingivitis
Long-term benefits of electric toothbrushes are unclear. However, this information shows that electric toothbrushes have a slight advantage over manual toothbrushes.
Finding a good toothbrush can be difficult. Our advice is to read the reviews on the toothbrush you are considering and use that along with any other possible input from your dentist.
Most dentists will encourage their patients to brush with an electric toothbrush over a manual brush.
No matter what you decide, it is important that you brush twice a day for two minutes. You should also floss daily.
Chewing sugar free gum after meals such as that with Xylitol can be beneficial as well. Xylitol is a sweetener that cannot be digested by the bacteria in your mouth. Because of this, and also because it stimulates the production of saliva, your mouths acid levels are lowered.
Lastly, you should see a dentist for a check up and cleaning at least once every 6 months. These check ups can help you get screened for oral cancer, cavities, and other possible oral health problems. Additionally, the cleaning you get from your dental professional (dentist or dental hygienist) gives you a deep clean that is not possible for you to obtain at home in your own oral health care routine.