Many times our patients ask us whether it is better to use an electric toothbrush or a manual toothbrush. However, our answer is always the same: the most important thing is good oral hygiene, the means by which it is achieved is the least important thing.
What is the difference between a manual toothbrush and an electric toothbrush?
The main difference between electric toothbrushes and manual toothbrushes is the way in which each should be used. On the one hand, manual toothbrushes should be used in a vertical motion, while electric toothbrushes work in a circular motion through a rotating head.
Thus, there is a clear advantage of electric toothbrushes over manual toothbrushes, and that is that the former facilitate correct brushing with less effort. At the same time, over the years, electric toothbrushes have evolved with new techniques, making it easier to brush your teeth.
What should I keep in mind when using an electric toothbrush?
Before starting to use an electric toothbrush, some factors should be taken into account. It is important that the brush head is interchangeable and that it is changed frequently. In fact, using a worn head – in the same way as using a worn manual toothbrush – will not be able to fulfill its function.
It is also important that the brush stops if too much pressure is exerted on the teeth or gums. At the same time, if you notice some inflammation in the gums or if you suffer from receding gums, it is advisable to avoid the electric toothbrush until the problem is solved, since the electric toothbrush can make it worse.
Which toothbrush is better for children, manual or electric?
For the youngest children, the question of manual or electric toothbrush has a simple answer, since parents are advised to brush their children’s teeth with a manual toothbrush.
Once the child reaches the age of three, when he or she is able to brush on his or her own, it is a good time to get into the habit of using a manual toothbrush. From the age of six onwards, the child can be encouraged to start using an electric toothbrush as long as he/she is explained how to do it.
So, after going a little deeper into which of the two is better, it should be noted that although both have their advantages, it will always depend on the recommendations of the dental specialist and the habits of the user.