07 Apr Electric or manual toothbrush?

Our patients often ask us which kind of toothbrush will be more effective at cleaning their teeth – an electric or manual toothbrush. Our advice is, providing you are giving your teeth a thorough two-minute brush at least once a day then it is personal preference. It’s really the brushing that counts.

To help you decide we’ve provided the low down:

Electric Toothbrush

  • Considerably more expensive than a manual toothbrush.
  • Can break if it falls out of the cupboard onto a hard surface (we have experience of this)!
  • Battery operated so you need to remember to charge it regularly (if rechargeable) or keep spare batteries.
  • The rotation oscillation design electric toothbrushes are better at removing plaque and reducing gum inflammation than a manual toothbrush.
  • Many designs have an automatic timer to make sure you brush for the magic two minutes.
  • Helpful for people who have restricted movement or trouble using a manual toothbrush.

Manual Toothbrush

  • Cheaper by far than an electric toothbrush.
  • Normally more flexible than an electric toothbrush and easier to manoeuvre round your mouth.
  • Will thoroughly clean your tongue and inside cheeks. The circular headed electric toothbrushes aren’t great at cleaning your tongue.
  • No requirement for a charger, electricity supply or spare batteries –handy when you travel.
  • Several bristle and head options to choose from to suit your preference.

Whichever kind of toothbrush you choose to use make sure you replace the brush head at least every 3-4 months or when the bristles start to splay. Remember to brush every day, at least twice per day.

For advice on toothbrushes, oral hygiene or about your teeth generally please give us a call or pop in for a chat.