Many people wonder which is better: a traditional, manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush? Although they have their differences, both manual and electric toothbrushes are equally effective—if you brush your teeth thoroughly for two minutes, twice a day. The choice comes down to personal preference, but we’ve outlined the main differences between the two.
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A manual toothbrush is a traditional toothbrush with a handle, neck, and head of bristles. With manual toothbrushes, you have complete control of the frequency and pressure of your brushing session. This might be preferable for someone with sensitive teeth and gums because of the level of control over the sensations. Additionally, manual toothbrushes are smaller, making them easy to travel with, and are less expensive to replace than electric toothbrushes.
Electric toothbrushes can be charged or plugged in to automatically spin and vibrate the bristles on the head of the brush. The power rotation helps loosen plaque and does most of the work for you. This is especially helpful for individuals with arthritis or limited dexterity in their hand or wrist. Electric toothbrushes can pulsate after two minutes to let you know if you’ve brushed long enough. This can be great for children getting the hang of brushing their own teeth.
In conclusion, whichever type of toothbrush you decide to use, remember that excessive brushing with a manual or electric toothbrush has its risks. Excessive brushing can abrade tooth structure, recede gingival tissue, and even cause teeth to become hypersensitive to hot and/or cold.
For more information and advice on brushing techniques (including which type of brush is best for you), visit your dentist for regular cleanings and exams or contact us today at Cascadia Dental Specialists.