Manual vs. Electric: Choosing the Right Toothbrush

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As you begin the journey for a new toothbrush, we would like to tell you that both manual and electric toothbrushes are great choices for your smile. Each brush effectively removes the plaque from your teeth, so your preference in brush is all that matters. Now, to help you make your toothbrush choice, we have provided the following facts:

Plaque-removing abilities
Both brushes effectively remove plaque from your smile, but it was just recently proven that the newer models of electric toothbrushes can remove significantly more plaque than a traditional toothbrush can, even from hard-to-reach areas of the mouth.

Brushing technique
Did you know that there is a right and wrong way to brush your teeth? Well, it’s true, and there is only one right way to brush your teeth with a manual toothbrush. When it comes to brushing with an electric toothbrush, there are specific techniques you need to use with each brand. So before you begin brushing, make sure you read the instruction manual.

Ease of use
The design of a manual toothbrush is simple and effective. It is the perfect shape and length and it is generally easy for most people to use. But, for those who are worried about not brushing their teeth correctly, an electric toothbrush can help.

An electric toothbrush can weigh 6 to 14 oz., which is heavier than a manual toothbrush because of the weight of the batteries. Some electric toothbrushes also have rechargeable batteries that need to be recharged on a regular basis. When it comes to actually using the toothbrush, the unit does most of the work for you. All you need to do is point the brush in the right direction and guide the brush from tooth to tooth.

Technical advantages
For those who are interested in the technical aspects of the electric toothbrush, there are many applications that can persuade your decision when choosing a brush. Some electric toothbrush brands have timers that help you accurately and successfully brush your teeth for the proper amount of time. Other brands give you oral hygiene tips while you brush to help you improve your brushing technique as well as your oral health. And some brands play music while the bristles clean your teeth.

Call our office today if you would like to learn more about electric and manual toothbrushes!