Is It Better to Use an Electric or a Manual Toothbrush?

Electric vs. manual toothbrush

Brushing your teeth is the foundation of good oral care and prevention. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), both electric and manual toothbrushes are effective at removing oral plaque that causes decay and disease.

Electric and manual toothbrushes each have their own benefits. The ADA puts a Seal of Acceptance on any toothbrush, electric or manual, that’s proven safe and effective. Read more about the pros and cons and which one might be best for you.

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Electric toothbrush benefits

Electric toothbrush bristles vibrate or rotate to help you remove plaque buildup from your teeth and gums. The vibration allows for more micro-movements every time you move your toothbrush across your teeth.

More effective at removing plaque

A review of studies showed that, in general, electric toothbrushes do decrease more plaque and gingivitis than manual toothbrushes. After three months of use, plaque was reduced by 21 percent and gingivitis by 11 percent. Oscillating (rotating) toothbrushes seem to work better than just vibrating toothbrushes.

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Easier for people with limited mobility

Electric toothbrushes does most of the work for you. They may be helpful for anyone with limited mobility, such as people with:

● Carpal tunnel

● Arthritis

● Developmental disabilities

Built-in timers

A timer built into an electric toothbrush can help you brush your teeth long enough to sufficiently remove plaque from your teeth and gums.

May cause less waste

When it’s time for a new toothbrush, you only have to replace an electric toothbrush head in many cases, so it may be less wasteful than throwing away a full manual toothbrush.

However, if you use a single-use electric toothbrush, you’ll have to completely replace it when it’s time to do so.

May improve your focus while brushing

According to a clinical trial published in December 1996 - "Effectiveness of three different types of electric toothbrushes compared with a manual technique in orthodontic patients" found that people were more focused when brushing their teeth using an electric toothbrush. This improved people’s overall experience brushing and could potentially improve how well you clean your teeth.

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May improve oral health in people with orthodontic appliances

One study Trusted Source found that electric toothbrushes were particularly helpful for people with orthodontic appliances, such as braces, because it made brushing easier.

Among people with appliances who already had good oral health, plaque levels were about the same, whether they used an electric toothbrush or not. But if you find it difficult to clean your mouth while having orthodontic therapy, the electric toothbrush may improve your oral health.

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Fun for kids

Not all kids are interested in brushing their teeth. If an electric toothbrush is more engaging to your child, it can help accomplish good oral cleaning and set healthy habits.

Safe for gums

Used properly, an electric toothbrush should not hurt your gums or enamel but instead promote overall oral health.

From the above news, oral health will be one of the issues that people pay more and more attention to. People will pay more attention to oral care products and purchase them accordingly. In the next 10 years, the market of oral care industry will leap forward. With the rapid growth, opening up the oral care business will bring us huge benefits.

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Post time: Jun-06-2022