A common question we get asked by our patients is, which is better an electric toothbrush or manual toothbrush?
Your overall oral health may depend on many factors such as:
- The type of food you eat
- Whether you floss regularly
- Using fluoride toothpaste
- Whether you visit your dentist for regular check-ups
- And most importantly, your tooth brushing habits
For your convenience, our team has outlined the advantages and disadvantages of using an electric toothbrush or manual toothbrush in this article. Hopefully, this will help you to decide which toothbrush is best for your needs.
Is it worth buying an electric toothbrush?
There are two types of electric toothbrushes, battery powered and rechargeable. Battery powered toothbrushes may be cheaper to purchase than rechargeable electric toothbrushes, however, over time, the cost of replacing batteries could make rechargeable toothbrushes more cost effective.
Dental professionals recommend using electric toothbrush heads with soft bristles rather than medium or hard as soft bristles help prevent damaging tooth enamel and gums.
The correct electric toothbrushing technique is important for an effective clean. Start by placing the toothbrush head at the edge of your gum line then move the brush in a gentle motion over the front, back and chewing surfaces of all your teeth.
Advantages of an electric toothbrush
An electric brush has powerful rotating or oscillating capabilities that help to loosen and remove more plaque from teeth surfaces. It is convenient and aids persons with mobility issues such as people with arthritis, to achieve a better clean than manual toothbrushing. Some electric toothbrushes also come equipped with varying power modes (and varying brush head and bristle firmness) that reduces pressure applied to teeth and gums and can help people that experience teeth sensitivity.
Electric toothbrushes often have timers that ensures you are dedicating ample time to effectively clean your teeth. The timer also helps prevent ‘over-brushing’ teeth that can cause teeth erosion and gum damage.
Advantages of a manual toothbrush
Manual toothbrushes may be cheaper to purchase and are easier to travel with as they are lightweight and do not need to be electrically re-charged. Manual toothbrushes may also be beneficial for people with teeth or gum sensitivity as you can control the pressure you apply while brushing.
Furthermore, brush heads come in different variations such as:
This gives you the option to choose a toothbrush that suits your needs. However, dental professionals recommend using soft bristled toothbrushes to prevent damage to teeth and gums.
If correct techniques are employed, manual toothbrushes can be effective at removing plaque and reducing the risk of gum disease. The correct steps as outlined by Queensland Health Department are as follows:
- The toothbrush must be placed at a 45-degree angle to the edge of the gum line
- Using a gentle circular motion, move the toothbrush backwards and forwards to remove plaque on the teeth
- Continue this process over all teeth surfaces – and pay particular attention to the molars or chewing teeth, by employing a gentle scrubbing action for an effective clean.
How many times a day should I brush my teeth?
Dentists recommend that children and adults brush their teeth at least twice a day, ideally once in the morning and once before going to sleep at night. It is even more beneficial for good oral hygiene to floss your teeth once a day. Flossing before brushing your teeth may help to achieve better gum care by removing any debris such as food particles that have been caught between your teeth and gums. Furthermore, ensure you are gentle while using a floss to prevent damaging your gums.
Electric toothbrush vs manual toothbrush
Both manual and electric toothbrushes have their advantages and disadvantages. However, choosing which toothbrush is right for you will depend on your needs. While manual toothbrushes are cheaper and more convenient to carry, electric toothbrushes offer more power and better ease of use. By using correct techniques, you may prevent gum recession and ensure that your oral health is optimal.
Teeth Cleaning at The White Bite
If you need professional advice on your oral health or would like to enhance the appearance of your smile, contact The White Bite, your cosmetic dentist on the Gold Coast.
You can also fill our out your free online consultation. Here, you can upload photos of your teeth or areas of concern. This way, our experienced dentists can assess your case and provide you with feedback or advise you if you are be suitable for a treatment.