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Electric Toothbrush vs. Manual

Quick tips for you and your toothbrush

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Electric toothbrush vs. manual

The vibrations and rotations of your electric toothbrush bristles help you to remove plaque build-up from your teeth and gums. This allows for more micro-movements every time you move your toothbrush across your teeth.

The Electric toothbrush is more effective at removing plaque

Studies show that, in general, electric toothbrushes decrease plaque and gingivitis more than manual toothbrushes. After three months of use, the amount of plaque was reduced by approximately 20 per cent and gingivitis by 10 percent. Oscillating (rotating) toothbrushes do perform better than tooth-brushes that only vibrate.

Easier for people with limited mobility

Electric toothbrushes help do most of the work for you. They are helpful for people who have limited mobility, such as those who suffer from:

Carpal Tunnel
Arthritis
Developmental Disabilities


Electric toothbrushes have built-in timers.


Electric toothbrushes cause less waste

Replacing the head of a toothbrush rather than disposing of the whole toothbrush when it comes time to discard. However, this won't apply to a single-use electric toothbrush, you'll have to completely replace it when it's frayed, or three months have passed.

May improve your focus while brushing

A study from a trusted source discovered that the majority of people using an electric toothbrush improved their teeth-brushing and the general health of their teeth due to a better cleaning experience. This also means better care for orthodontic appliances and ease of care. 

Electric toothbrushes are fun for kids

When your child is not keen on brushing their teeth or when its a struggle to get their teeth clean, electric toothbrushes are an engaging and effective means to encouraging better oral health and personal hygiene habits. 

The electric toothbrush is safe for gums

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

Manual toothbrush disadvantage

In another study, it was found that people tend to apply too much pressure when using a manual toothbrush, as opposed to an electric toothbrush. This can harm your teeth and gums from brushing to hard.

Also, without the timer, using a manual toothbrush can lead to shorter cleaning times and this can impact on the cleanliness and health of your teeth and gums. 

For toddlers and young children

The challenge with toddlers and young children is actually getting them to brush their teeth, let alone brushing properly. So which brush gets them to clean their teeth and is best to use? Its is recommended that child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrushes are the best toothbrush for your child.

For toddlers, you may want to do a second brushing after your child to make sure they brushed all areas of their mouth.


Young children tend to swallow or spit-out their toothpaste, so its highly recommended that they use a toothpaste that is appropriate to their developmental stage so they are not inclined to eat or waste the paste. Always supervise young children brushing their teeth to decrease the possibility of this happening. Sometimes repeat the process to ensure a full clean. 

When do you need to replace your toothbrush?

Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or earlier if the brush frays. Check to see if your electric toothbrush only needs to replace the head as this will save you money over time. 



Replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head every three to four months.


How to brush your teeth for a full clean

It is highly recommended that you brush twice a day. Ensure that your toothbrush is the appropriate size for your mouth. Avoid hard bristles and try to choose a toothbrush with multiple angles and bristles as these are far more effective than flat brushes. Use a fluoride toothpaste (not recommended for toddlers). Brush at a 45 degree angle. Floss once a day, either before or after brushing. Be sure to rinse your mouth after brushing to discard the toothpaste and waste from your mouth. 


If you see any bleeding around your gums, talk with your dentist as soon as possible. Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing can indicate a pre-existing condition such as:

Gum Disease
Vitamin Deficiencies
Pregnancy

If you have gone too long between brushing, the build-up can cause bleeding gums. As long as you are gentle, brushing and flossing should not cause any bleeding.

Brush your teeth twice daily, for at least two minutes every time and floss daily.

Brush twice a day for at least two minutes each time and floss daily.


The takeaway

When either toothbrush is used as directed, both electric and manual toothbrushes are highly effective at cleaning teeth, if the proper technique is used and you brush for long enough. Overall, an electric toothbrush may make brushing easier, resulting in better plaque removal. Talk with us if you have questions about which toothbrush might be best for you.

Quick tips for you and your toothbrush:

+ Do not share your toothbrush with anyone
+ Always replace your toothbrush after a cold or illness
+ Wash your hands after brushing and flossing
+ After brushing, rinse your toothbrush in warm water and let it air -dry
+ Do not cover your toothbrush or place it in a closed container
+ Replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if the bristles become frayed.

If you have any questions, call (07) 3359 1029 for a free consultation.

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