21 Jul Which type of toothbrush is better: manual or electric
Manual or electric toothbrush? We help you decide
When it comes to oral hygiene, there are many people who still wonder which type of toothbrush is better for removing all traces of dirt and plaque effectively: manual or electric toothbrushes.
Despite what most people think, an electric toothbrush does not necessarily achieve better oral hygiene because with both brushes and the right technique, good results can be achieved. However, it is true that with the same technique you can achieve a deeper clean using an electric toothbrush.
Benefits that you can get from using electric toothbrushes
When it comes to electric toothbrushes, there are some benefits that you can get from using them in your daily dental hygiene and they are as follows:
The electric toothbrush removes more bacterial plaque, which is the origin of us having cavities and inflammation in the gums. The reason lies in the different heads that you can put on this type of electric toothbrush, which can be designed for different parts of the mouth.
Electric toothbrushes need to apply less pressure in the mouth which means there is less risk of enamel abrasion and less risk of gum damage. Manual toothbrushes do not damage enamel but people who use them tend to exert more pressure because they think it will remove plaque better.
Electric toothbrushes are now really advanced and some can even connect to mobile phone apps to provide information about our cleaning habits, tell us how long we should brush each area of the mouth…
Benefits that you can get from using manual toothbrushes
Although it seems that electric toothbrushes are the right choice, manual toothbrushes offer some unique benefits such as the following:
Manual toothbrushes are perfect for children who are learning to brush their teeth, because they are much easier to use.
This type of toothbrush is also the most recommended for people with special circumstances such as those who have recently undergone surgery or those who wear braces, as it allows for better control over force and pressure.
The manual toothbrush is much easier to carry when travelling, it is much lighter and there are many smaller versions that can be taken away from home.
Therefore, the answer is that there is no one type of toothbrush that is better, but that throughout the life of the circumstances we will use one or the other depending on our needs. Contact our Dental Clinic Gallardo & Jiménez if you would like more advice on correct toothbrushing.