Choosing between a Manual and an Electric Toothbrush (Part 2)

In the previous blog, we discussed why most people are apprehensive when it comes to making that big switch from manual to an electric toothbrush. This is because the manual toothbrush offers the basic requirements for cleaning the teeth. Use it with regular flossing and brushing, and you would not have to worry much about toothaches and other common dental problems.

What makes the electric toothbrush a great addition, if not a replacement to your conventional plastic toothbrush, is that they don’t just brush the teeth and get done with it like the usual person does. With electric toothbrushes the brushing technique is more refined, giving you a cleaner, brighter smile.

More Advantages for the User

Additionally, patients are more motivated. With built-in timers, it’s becomes easy to brush for the proper amount of time. This especially comes in handy for children. They remove more plaque. Another point our experts mentioned is that in their opinion, electric models remove more plaque compared to their counterparts, due to the constant vibrations and oscillations.

Other experts also underlined the fact that electric models have a pressure sensor, which is particularly useful in preventing gum recession. These models are especially useful for patients with orthodontic braces in need of the extra help maintaining their oral hygiene as well as the older population in which dexterity is decreased and brushing becomes a burden.

Some Things to Consider About the Electric Toothbrush

  • The price is higher compared to manuals.
  • The brush heads can be harsher on your teeth and gums. A light touch is recommended; let the toothbrush do its work.
  • Focus on the technique. They can do more damage than good if used the wrong way.
  • Before we focus too much on the model, let’s remember that the correct brushing technique still remains the most important thing.

In fact, another good point brought up by one of the experts was that it’s more important to see how conscientious a patient is while brushing, instead of focusing on the model used. If a patient is not using the right technique and is not brushing for the recommended time all is lost and they may be causing more damage than good to their overall dental hygiene.

So should you buy an electric toothbrush? The answer is up to you. Remember, it is always important to practice good technique no matter what your toothbrush preference is. If you opt for a manual one, make sure to use a soft-bristled brush and use a gentle brushing motion. Don’t over scrub or use too much pressure. The most important thing is to brush effectively – it will make a difference to your oral health.