Manual or Electric Toothbrush: Which is Best for Brushing?

Manual or Electric Toothbrush: Which is Best for Brushing?

Manual or Electric Toothbrush: Which is Best for Brushing?

Confused as to what to use when brushing? Are you constantly asking yourself if you should get a manual or electric toothbrush? Below we break down the pros & cons of both to help you choose which is right for you.

The Pros and Cons

Manual brushing – the pros

  1. Techniques in brushing are properly executed in less than two minutes.
  2. There are different types of manual toothbrushes delivered in various heads, colours, styles and bristles.
  3. Manual toothbrushes are portable and require no batteries or charging.
  4. Cheap alternative.
  5. They can easily clean your tongue and cheeks properly.
  6. Manual toothbrushes are more flexible and easier to manoeuvre around the mouth.

Manual brushing – the cons

  1. Requires more work and you have to initiate timing yourself when brushing.

Electric brushing – the pros

  1. It’s very easy to use and requires less stress and effort.
  2. For children, it can be more fun to use an electric toothbrush.
  3. It has a built-in timer so you can be certain you are brushing for long enough.
  4. New designs are pressure sensitive to stop you from pushing too hard on gums and teeth enamel.
  5. They are easier to use for people with arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome or any other movement-restricting conditions.

Electric brushing – the cons

  1. You will always need an electric socket and the toothbrush to be charged.
  2. It can be expensive.
  3. Demands more hassle when travelling.

The Debate

A lot of arguments surround which toothbrush results in a better clean, with many assuming that the electronic toothbrush is far more superior than the good, old-fashioned style.

Reality is, whatever you choose, whether it be a manual toothbrush, an electric one, or even an organic stick or twig (used in historic ages and not recommended for today), it will all come down to how well you brush your teeth.

Blame it on conscious brushing or flossing, but no matter how high-tech your toothbrush is, it won’t do your oral health any good if you aren’t as conscious as you are when applying the rules of proper brushing.

Knowing how to clean your teeth correctly is the only way to ensure a good clean, regardless of your toothbrush type.

Regular check-ups with the Hygienist means a professional will be able to monitor how well you are brushing and suggest any tweaks that need to be made. They will also be able to advise you on whether an electric or manual toothbrush is right for you. Happy brushing!