Benefits of Manual vs. Electric Toothbrushes

Manual and electric toothbrushes can both be effective ways to clean your teeth. Our Sydney Mines dentists are here to discuss the benefits of each so you can choose the brush that's right for you.

Your Brushing Routine

A traditional manual toothbrush is an effective tool used to clean your teeth, provided that you are thorough, and use the proper brushing technique which includes:

  • Gently move the brush in a circular motion across the teeth.
  • Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
  • Remember to brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.

If you brush your teeth properly, as outlined above, and both you and your dentist are satisfied with the state of your oral health, then there really isn't much else to do! There’s no need for any additional tools (other than floss, of course; use that once a day!).

However, if you struggle to brush all of your teeth sufficiently with a manual toothbrush, or if you or your dentist feels your oral hygiene routine could use a boost, you may find an electric toothbrush to be a helpful tool.

How Can An Electric Toothbrush Help?

Electric toothbrushes that have small, round, rotating heads mimic the ideal brushing motion. Avoid electric toothbrushes that make a sawing motion if you can.

Electric toothbrushes can make brushing easier because you hardly have to do any work! Simply apply your toothpaste to your electric toothbrush, place it up against your teeth, and turn it on. Then all you have to do is guide it gently around your mouth, over all the surfaces of your teeth.

You don’t need to perform the brushing motion yourself, and this makes it much easier to clean the backs of your front teeth (which can be awkward with a manual toothbrush), and the small round head makes cleaning your back molars and other tight or hard-to-reach areas a little easier, too.

And because the head spins so quickly, electric toothbrushes can do a great job of removing surface stains from your teeth. Some electric toothbrushes even have timers so that you know when your full two minutes are up!

Overall, an electric toothbrush can help you brush more thoroughly, and may even make brushing feel like less of a chore.

Do You Have Concerns About Brushing Too Hard?

Some people will be concerned about switching to a manual toothbrush because they are worried that they are harsh on the tooth enamel and gums.

However, many electric toothbrush users find that it actually helps them brush more gently, because they don’t have to make the scrubbing motion themselves. Scrubbing tends to make you want to apply pressure, and this is a non-issue with an electric toothbrush, as it performs the motion for you.

If you are very concerned about brushing too hard, many electric toothbrush brands sell heads with soft bristles for sensitive teeth and gums.

If you would like to learn more about how manual or electric toothbrushes might be able to help some of your oral health concerns, contact our Sydney Mines dentists today.

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