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Your Dentist Settles the Debate: Manual vs. Electric Toothbrushes

February 6, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — wilmingtonteam @ 10:02 pm

A man compares electric and manual toothbrushes.

Are you curious about what your dentist thinks about all the electric toothbrushes on the market these days? Not only are there rechargeable toothbrushes that can easily costs over a hundred dollars, but there are also battery-operated ones for a fraction of the cost! It seems the future is looking more electric by the day. Luckily, you don’t necessarily need an electric toothbrush for a proper clean.

In fact, you can find many benefits from both manual and electric toothbrushes. To get the breakdown on what your dentist thinks, keep reading.

The Benefits of Manual Toothbrushes

Manual brushes have been around forever, yet we don’t take the time to consider how many benefits they offer. Because manual brushes provide us complete control over how we brush, we can control the speed and strength of our brushing technique. This is more ideal for those with sensitive teeth, gums, cheeks, or tongue.

Manual toothbrushes also offer the most convenience. They are very cheap, often less than $10, and will last you anywhere from 3 to 4 months depending on frequency of use. With no batteries, disposable heads, or charging stands, you’ll also have more room to pack items on your next trip.

In the end, manual toothbrushes can get the job done totally fine. However, you’ll want to explore the benefits of electric toothbrushes as well.

How Electric Toothbrushes Compare

To many, electric toothbrushes are more fun to use than manual brushes. Not only are they easier to use, but the sensation of vibration is compelling to most people. It gives the impression that the brush is doing all the work for you and saving you time. The vibrating heads on electric brushes can move anywhere from 6,000 to 30,000 strokes per second depending on which one you buy.

Furthermore, if you have trouble brushing your teeth because you lack the dexterity or grip necessary to hold a toothbrush against your teeth and gums, you’re far more likely to choose an electric toothbrush as your next oral care tool. However, your dentist doesn’t believe it should affect your technique overall.

Why Technique is Important

Whether it’s electric or manual, your toothbrush doesn’t get all your teeth clean by itself: you do! That means you’ll still need to practice brushing good technique to protect yourself from tooth decay and gum disease.

When brushing, make sure to do the following:

  • Brush in short, soft strokes for at least two minutes
  • Use a fluoridated toothpaste proven to remove plaque, prevent decay, and stop gum disease
  • Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle towards your gums. Try to maintain this angle as much as possible.
  • Brush the back of your teeth as well as the front
  • Brush the gum line
  • Floss at least once a day, ideally before bed
  • Brush your tongue

According to your dentist, it’s truly the technique that comes first, not the brush. To learn more tips on brushing, schedule an appointment with your dentist today!

About the Author

Dr. Scott T. Hornung earned his D.M.D. degree from Boston University dental school. Along with providing patients the best dental care possible, he also teaches as part of Boston’s APEX program to help other aspiring dentists meet their goals. To learn more about his practice, contact him at (978) 737-7007 or visit his website.

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