Electric toothbrush vs manual toothbrush


A good toothbrush is essential in everyone’s hygiene. Brushing your teeth after every meal is the main basis for good oral hygiene. Although it seems a cliché, it is the reality since, otherwise, the bacterial plaque accumulates and leads to cavities, gum infections, halitosis, among other conditions.

Now comes the big question, is it better to brush with an electric toothbrush or a manual one? The reality is that each of them has similar advantages. It will depend on each person and each brushing.

It’s just as good to use an electric one or a lifetime manual if done correctly. Although with nuances. Let’s see:

Advantages of the manual brush


Before knowing in what circumstances, it is more advisable to use a manual brush, you have to know that there are brushes for all tastes. The dentist should be in charge of guiding you on the most convenient for you. Basically, you have to take into account:

  1. The size of the brush head. It has to easily reach every corner of the mouth.
  2. The hardness of the brush bristles. Stiff bristle brushes are not recommended.
  3. In the brush design. It is recommended that it be slightly curved and ergonomic.

Not everyone likes the electric toothbrush. The manuals are cheaper and easier to transport. If at any time you forget it, you can easily buy it without a large outlay. Sometimes it is not just a matter of taste, there are certain circumstances in which the manual brush is much more recommended:

  1. After surgery: When you have undergone an operation and there are stitches or sensitive areas, a manual brush with soft or ultra-soft bristles is the most recommended. It allows a smoother brushing; you can better control the speed and intensity.
  2. For people with orthodontics: Electric toothbrushes can catch and detach or break a bracket or wire. It will be the dentist who will give the guidelines on how to use the manual brush.
  3. For children: When we are teaching the little ones the importance of oral hygiene, as well as brushing techniques, it is always done with a manual one. It is easier for them to adopt the routines and in addition, there are many more models and options for their hands and mouths.

Advantages of an electric toothbrush

The use of the electric toothbrush meant a change in the way of brushing teeth, in addition to the time spent on hygiene. It is proven that people who use an electric toothbrush spend more time brushing their teeth. They are more concentrated and pay more attention to reaching every corner of the mouth. Unconsciously they brush their teeth better.

Many brushes, depending on the model, have a pressure control mechanism, so there is less abrasion on the surface of the teeth and less brushing trauma to the gum, avoiding gingival recessions due to trauma. For people with limited hands or fingers, they are recommended brushes since they do not need as much technical skill for proper cleaning.

Some models have a time controller that allows you to monitor the minutes of brushing. To keep teeth healthy, brushing should take at least two minutes, both with an electric and manual brush.  The most effective are those with an oscillating-rotating movement. In addition to rotating, the brush changes its position on the tooth, this allows it to reach important corners, such as the gap between tooth and gum.

There are those with rechargeable batteries and those that use disposable batteries. We recommend battery-powered ones for several reasons:

1. They should always be recharged so the power in each use is the maximum. With the disposable battery the power decreases as the battery wears out.

2. In the long run, the rechargeable one is cheaper because you don’t have to spend on batteries.

3. Many people stop using the battery brush because they forget to buy them and, in the end, they put it aside.

4. You reduce the pollution of the environment by not generating waste as batteries.

Is the electric brush or the manual one better?

As you have already read, there is no better brush than another, it depends on the needs and circumstances of each person. Sometimes it is a matter of taste, others of necessity. What is important, use the brush you use, visit the dentist and take their recommendations into consideration.

1.  Brush after every meal or at least twice a day thoroughly and with fluoride paste to prevent cavities.

2. Change the brush every two to three months: In the case of brushes with soft bristles, the time may decrease. In the case of electric, it is important that you know the recommendations of each manufacturer.

3. Follow a specific pattern when brushing so as not to leave your teeth unbrushed. Do not forget about the gums, tongue and palate.

4. Use dental floss and interdental brushes: there are always areas where the brush, whether electric or manual, does not reach.

At our clinic we teach you the different brushing techniques and we will advise you which brush is the most recommended for you. Make an appointment and we will be happy to assist you.


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