Choosing the right toothbrush is important for your teeth. At Somerset Dental Care, our dentists are often asked which toothbrush is better – electric or manual? While manual toothbrushes have proven their worth over the years, modern electric toothbrushes are becoming very popular. But which one is really right for you?
Manual toothbrushes continue to be great choices for the majority of people. They are also great for kids, who need to learn how to brush properly from an early age.
What are the main benefits of a manual toothbrush?
- Manual toothbrushes allow you to fully adjust and personalise the amount of pressure on your teeth and gums while brushing
- Cost effective and cheaper to buy/replace than electric toothbrushes
- Gentle on veneers, crowns & bridges and other sensitive tooth additions
- Easy to pack and travel with, since they are light and compact
Some people just love an electric toothbrush. The main benefits of electric toothbrushes are their additional functionalities and their ease of use.
Why use an electric toothbrush?
- If you are a lazy or fast brusher who doesn’t use good brushing techniques, an electric toothbrush can give your teeth and mouth a more thorough clean
- Some electric toothbrushes include a timer, which ensures that you clean your teeth for the right amount of time and don’t rush through your brushing; they can also tell you when your brush head needs replacing!
- Some studies have shown that electric toothbrushes can sometimes be more effective at removing plaque from hard-to-reach areas and from under the gum line; most modern brushes can spin, rotate, oscillate and vibrate, which can help give you a more intensive clean
- Electric toothbrushes can also include pressure sensors to warn you if you are brushing too hard and can include gadgets that are great for gum massaging and teeth whitening
Electric toothbrushes also tend to be great for people with physical restrictions who may not have full use of their arm or hand. For instance, if you have arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, a motor disability or temporary injuries, a power toothbrush can help.
So Which Toothbrush is Best?
The best toothbrush for you is one that you are most comfortable with and one that your dentist recommends. It is more about how well you use your toothbrush, rather than what type of toothbrush you have.
Somerset Dental Care is based in the Macarthur, Narellan and Picton areas. Learn more or book an appointment at: somersetdental.com.au