Manual or Electric toothbrush?
This is a question that has caused a lot of discussion in the past. Are electric toothbrushes really more effective than a manual toothbrush in cleaning your teeth, removing plaque and reducing inflammation? We’ll look at a number of key differences below.
Manual toothbrush vs Electric toothbrush
Manual toothbrushes are much cheaper than electric toothbrushes. This means that many people will replace them more often. As they’re normally much smaller in size, they easily fit in your school bag, hand bag or suitcase, so you never have to go without having a toothbrush. The same can’t be said for electric tooth brushes as they are generally much larger.
One of the biggest advantages of using a manual toothbrush is the different size and shape of the heads that are available. Sizes normally come in large, medium or small toothbrush heads. Soft, medium and hard bristles are also available.
Electric toothbrushes can be great for kids that have trouble or difficulty brushing their teeth. Many electric toothbrushes also have a timer to make sure you’re brushing your teeth for at least two minutes, and give guidance about where in your mouth you should be brushing, to help ensure you when you brush, you don’t miss any areas.
With any toothbrush, it’s important to regularly change the head as the bristles can become worn over time. You should look to change your toothbrush or brush head every three months. If you are having orthodontic treatment, you’ll need to change your toothbrush more regularly, around every eight weeks to ensure that your brush is effective in removing plaque.
Can kids use electric toothbrushes?
When kids first start brushing their own teeth, we recommend that they start with a manual toothbrush, as they are lighter, have a range of heads and can be controlled by a child more easily.
As kids get older an electric toothbrush could be a good option especially one that has been designed with kids in mind. Built in timers and other controls can help to ensure you’re your child is brushing thoroughly and for at least two minutes each time. Some studies have shown that some kids enjoy using an electric toothbrush more than a manual toothbrush which may encourage better oral hygiene.
In summary, both manual and electric toothbrushes can be used to keep your mouth clean and your teeth healthy. Studies however have shown the electric toothbrush are slightly more effective in removing plaque and thus reducing gingivitis than the manual toothbrush. The important thing is to brush at least twice each day and floss every day, regardless of the kind of brush you prefer.