When you’re in the grocery store, chances are you pass by several manual toothbrushes. Depending on the store, you might also pass by some electric toothbrushes, which have been available to the public for many years. Often, our Houston cosmetic dentist patients ask us which one they should be using and if manual toothbrushes remain an effective option. In this article, we will compare the two and offer insight on which method you should be using to brush your teeth.
Manual toothbrushes are obviously the default method for cleaning your teeth. In reality, they do a great job so long as you use this toothbrush correctly. The correct way to brush your teeth with a manual toothbrush is to hold it at a 45-degree angle and brush all the surfaces of your teeth (front, back, and edge) in gentle, circular motions. Be sure to brush for 2 minutes, which can be split into 30 seconds per quadrant.
Electric toothbrushes have surged in popularity over the last several years because they do all of the work for you by moving the brush-head in a circular motion at the right pace and pressure. Most models even have a built-in timer that can go off at intervals to let you know when to switch quadrants and/or when 2 minutes have passed. Some fancier models offer different modes for tongue cleaning, deep cleaning, and for patients with sensitive teeth and gums.
Now That You Know What Each Toothbrush Offers, Which Is The Best Type Of Toothbrush?
Our Houston dentist suggests trying out both methods because this can really come down to preference. Both are also great options when wearing dental braces.
Some of our Houston pediatric dentist patients struggle to brush their teeth properly (causing cavities) while others have no issue. If your child has cavities due to improperly brushing with a manual toothbrush, then you may want to consider giving them a kid-friendly electric toothbrush with a timer so all they have to do is glide the brush across their teeth.
When evaluating our patients who didn’t know how to properly brush their teeth and then switched to an electric toothbrush, we did notice a significant reduction in the amount of plaque on and in between their teeth. On the other hand, patients that were already brushing correctly did not experience a major difference.
The Final Verdict
Both toothbrushes work effectively, as long as they are used correctly. If you would like to determine whether you and/or your child are adequately brushing, please book an appointment with us so we can conduct a dental exam to evaluate your health. We will also gladly take this opportunity to teach you the best way to floss and brush your teeth for optimal health.