DATE | 14 Apr 2020

Manual vs Electric Toothbrushes

We all know how important it is to brush our teeth twice a day, but what exactly is the best tool for the job?

Read on as we examine the differences between electric and old school brushing.

Standard Manual Toothbrush

For most people, a manual toothbrush is the first type of toothbrush we are introduced to as kids. Although they lack the extra bells and whistles found in most electric toothbrushes these days, they can help people feel like they have more control over their brushing. For those that suffer from sensitive teeth and gums, manual brushing offers a greater ability to reduce the amount of pressure you apply.

Old school toothbrushes are easily assessible to replace. Pick one up from your local supermarket, convenience store or pharmacy. Being small, lightweight and not requiring a charger to function means you can use a standard toothbrush wherever you want, whenever you want, and they are great for travel. They also only cost a few dollars, so are more affordable than electric.

Electric Toothbrush

The vibration and rotation action of electric toothbrushes provides superior plaque removal compared to manual brushes. With so many different types and features available nowadays you can select one that caters to your particular oral health needs. Electric toothbrushes are less dependent on proper brushing technique so they can be handy for people who struggle to brush their chompers properly with a standard toothbrush. While built-in timers ensure users brush each section of their mouth for a sufficient amount of time. Electric brushes are also helpful for people with limited mobility in their hands because they are easier to handle and do most of the work for you.

Top Brushing Tips

Both manual and electric toothbrushes have their advantages and disadvantages. Ultimately, your brushing technique and frequency matters more than the type of toothbrush you use. To clean your teeth effectively, keep the following in mind:

·         Use a brush with soft bristles that are angled or multi-level

·         Brush twice a day

·         Use a fluoride toothpaste

·         Brush for a minimum of two minutes each time

·         Gently brush all tooth surfaces

·         Rinse your toothbrush after each use and store upright so that it can air dry

·         Replace your manual toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every three months

If you need some assistance in finding the best type of toothbrush for you, speak to your dentist at your regular check-up, which is also a very important part of good oral hygiene. Get in touch with the friendly team at Oak Tree Ballarat Dental today by calling (03) 5342 9633 to book an appointment.

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