Electric VS Manual Toothbrush – Which Is Better For Your Teeth?

December 15, 2020 By ksdm

If there’s one thing all dentists agree on, it’s this – you should be brushing your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes to achieve good oral health. While the importance of brushing has remained consistent, new advancements in toothbrush technology have made it even easier to properly brush your teeth.

Since their introduction in the 1960s, electric toothbrushes have continued to gain in popularity as they claim to be better for your teeth. And if increased space on store shelves is any indication, these battery-operated, self-rotating toothbrushes aren’t going anywhere.

But are electric toothbrushes more effective than standard manual toothbrushes for your teeth?

Tooth Brushing Technique

No matter which brush you choose, the right brushing technique will remove stains and plaque build-up that contributes to tooth decay and gum disease. The Australian Dental Association says, “Both manual and powered toothbrushes are effective at removing plaque.”

Proper brushing techniques give better cleaning results. Always brush your teeth in a circular motion making sure to reach the gum line. Make sure you use a soft-bristled brush with a small head and change your brush head every 3-4 months.

It’s very common to think that harder brushing means more plaque removal, but this isn’t the case. A light but firm pressure will do the job, but brushing too hard can cause a recession of the gum line, which puts the parts of teeth with protective enamel at risk of damage.

Continued damage to the gums and teeth from brushing too hard may result in needing emergency dental work or cosmetic procedures.

Benefits Of Using Electric Toothbrushes

Makes Brushing Easier
While the majority of people still use manual toothbrushes, electric toothbrushes can get better results by depending less on correct brushing techniques. You just put the brush in your mouth, and the programmed brush head does most of the work.

Achieves A Deeper Clean
The micro-vibrations and consistently rotating bristles more effectively get to the spaces between teeth and help remove more plaque. Studies have found that in side-by-side comparisons, electric toothbrushes on average do a better job of cleaning teeth than manual.

Easier for those with limited mobility
Electric toothbrushes can be easier to hold for people with arthritis or other physical and mental disabilities, as thicker handles tend to be easier to grip and require less precise movements.

Makes Brushing More Fun For Kids
Children’s oral care may improve using an electric toothbrush as many models are designed with bright colors and pictures, or use built-in music to make brushing more fun and interactive.

Built-In Timer & Bluetooth Technology
Built-in countdown timers with customisable vibration options take the guesswork out of how long you are brushing your teeth. Electric brushes now come with Bluetooth connectivity that can track your daily usage and give you constructive feedback.

Better For The Environment
Electric toothbrushes may produce less waste, as only the heads need to be changed instead of needing to throw away the whole manual toothbrush.

Better For People With Oral Devices
Some studies have found using an electric brush may be easier for people with orthodontics to properly brush their teeth.

Benefits Of Using Manual Toothbrushes

Manual toothbrushes still get the job done without the fancy bells and whistles. With proper technique and careful brushing, you can still prevent plaque build-up and achieve good oral health.

More Affordable
You can purchase a good manual toothbrush for a few dollars, but electric toothbrushes are a more expensive investment.

Portable
Manual toothbrushes are small, lightweight, and do not require charging or plugging in.

Accessible Everywhere
Standard toothbrushes are readily available at grocery stores, pharmacies, and convenience stores.

Both manual and electric toothbrushes are effective at reducing plaque build-up that causes tooth decay, gum disease, and gingivitis. Whichever type of toothbrush you choose, make sure you brush twice a day for two minutes and floss daily..

At King Street Dental, we’re here to help answer all of your oral hygiene needs. Talk to us today if you’re unsure about which toothbrush is right for you.