Electric vs. Manual Toothbrush

Do you remember to brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes? The toothbrush is the most important weapon we have in the fight for oral health, and makes all the difference to oral hygiene. Let’s take a look at the difference between an electric and manual toothbrush:

Manual Toothbrush
A manual toothbrush will surely get the job done! Although you do not get the same amount of power as an electric toothbrush, a manual toothbrush gives you more control over the amount of pressure you apply to your teeth. Brushing too hard and frequently can damage the enamel and gum line, ultimately causing tooth sensitivity. Manual toothbrushes are also super easy to travel with and are many to choose from; Soft bristles, firm bristles, and a variety of different colors…the choice is all yours! Remember to rinse your toothbrush after every use to prevent bacteria build up and to change your toothbrush about every three months.

Electric Toothbrush
Easy and fun to use, electric toothbrushes are also ideal for those who physically cannot brush their teeth, such as people with arthritis. Additionally, if your child is a little fussy when it comes to brushing their teeth, an electric toothbrush might make it more enjoyable! Some even play songs while you brush. Like manual toothbrushes, change the bristles every three months or when they have become worn down. There are two types of electric tooth brushes:

1. Oscillating: This type of electric toothbrush spins in one direction and quickly shifts to the other direction. With about 2,500-7,000 strokes per minute, oscillating electric toothbrushes are proven by research to remove dental plaque and to keep out gum disease.

2. Sonic: A sonic electric toothbrush vibrates from side to side. One benefit of this type of toothbrush is that it reaches areas around your teeth that a manual toothbrush might miss.

Who would have known that such a little tool held so much power?! Remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day and to floss daily to remove plaque and prevent tooth decay. Have you brushed your teeth today?