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Choosing a Toothbrush: Manual vs. Electric

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Choosing a Toothbrush: Manual vs. Electric
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The electric-toothbrush has become very popular in recent years, and some even say it provides superior dental care. But how does it actually compare to a manual toothbrush?

The point of a toothbrush is to remove plaque and to stimulate the gums. Most brushes will keep your teeth clean if you know how to use them.

Manual Toothbrushes: A Classic Route to Good Dental Care

There are many advantages to the manual toothbrush. We’ve been using this brush for many years. It has a good track record. Advantages include:

  • Cost and availability. It is inexpensive and accessible. Electric toothbrushes can be too expensive for some people, so it is nice to know that you can do a great job brushing with a manual toothbrush.
  • Easy to travel with. It is easier to take a manual brush with you when you travel, than a bulkier electric one. So you’re less likely to let your good dental care habits lapse on vacation with a toothbrush that you can easily bring along.
  • Puts less pressure on teeth and gums. A manual toothbrush allows you to feel how much pressure you’re using. This helps you to avoid putting too much pressure on your teeth. You can’t feel that as well with an electric model. Placing too much pressure on your teeth can wear away at the tooth enamel, causing pain, sensitivity, and an increased risk of tooth decay.
  • Good for kids. Even young children can use manual brushes safely and effectively.

Electric Toothbrushe: Recommended in Some Cases

Nevertheless, there are some situations where an electric toothbrush has clear advantages. For people who can’t do a good job with a manual toothbrush, for example older people or people who have less manual dexterity, like those who have arthritis, the electric toothbrush may clean more effectively. According to the American Dental Association (AMA), people with limited ability to move their shoulders, arms, and hands can benefit from the larger handle and powered brush of an electric model.

Today, electric toothbrushes are fitted with a variety of features. Though they make nice additions, pressure sensors that tell you if you’re brushing too hard or timers that indicate when you’ve brushed long enough don’t directly affect how well the toothbrush actually cleans your teeth.

Not an Inevitable Replacement

To conclude, despite the huge advancement in the electric-toothbrush industry, the good old manual toothbrush is here to stay. Electric are superb in certain clinical and personal situations, but they should certainly not be seen as the inevitable replacement of the manual brush. Choosing a suitable toothbrush is important, but it is equally vital to use the correct brushing technique, which your dental health practitioner can demonstrate.