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Electric Vs Manual Tooth Brushes?

Tal Lewinger - Friday, June 22, 2018

An electric toothbrush or a manual one? Both have their benefits but old fashioned manual toothbrush is popular amongst more people who prefer it rather to the nifty electronic ones that are supposed to be more beneficial and smart when brushing your teeth. Although the manual toothbrush gets the job done, electronic toothbrushes have come into force and have also become popular and used by many, but which one is better and really is the best at cleaning you teeth?


Removing Plaque


A toothbrush is designed to essentially remove the bacteria and plaque that is formed around our gums and to ultimately prevent tooth decay and gum disease. The electric toothbrushes have shown as much ability to remove plaque than manual ones, therefore there is no major difference, however in this day and age, as technology is improving, electric toothbrushes have been produced that are clinically proven to remove hard to reach areas of plaque and really exceed the standards.

Its fair to say that both brushes can aid in successfully removing plaque in hard to reach areas however maybe electric toothbrushes with advanced systems and features can go above the normal standard and really remove all plaque and other areas that a manual brush is unable to do.


Brushing Method


When using a manual brush you are generally supposed to brush from a 45 degree angle to your teeth, starting at each of the gum lines and working your way up, by using a subtle circular motion, working on each tooth carefully. There are different sizes and shapes of toothbrushes as well that may not reach all the way at the back of your teeth.

Electric toothbrushes have been shown be effective when cleaning your teeth in different areas and seem to come In a shape that fits correctly for the user. Furthermore many of these toothbrushes now have models that come with features such as oscillating rotating, vibrating and sonic technology.It is important to read the instructions for the electronic toothbrushes to ensure that you are using it correctly, in the way it should be used and not damaging your gums by wearing away tooth enamel in your teeth.


Easy Use


When it comes to the design element of a manual toothbrush there is not really much on the surface on things and is fairly simple in its shape and length, providing a good fit in the hands to brush. Manual brushes are easy to use and have been used for a long time with no complains of finding them difficult to use.

However for those who may find it difficult to use manual toothbrushes as they may lack manual dexterity and the ability to use the brush in different motions, the electronic toothbrush can be of great assistance in this way, as the person using it will be able to use the brush without trying too hard and can get to the places they need to clean easily.

An electric toothbrush is also quite heavy compared to a manual brush, which can be a big no for those who want something light and simple, like a manual brush. The power brushes have added weight due to the fact that they run off power and batteries, that adds more weight to the ultimate brush.


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