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Manual vs. Electric Toothbrush

If you’ve seen the ads on television, you know that brands often promote electric toothbrushes as the superior way to clean your teeth, however, is that really true?

Firstly, here at Drummoyne Dental Practice, we always recommend that you get the softest bristled head for your toothbrush, electric or manual. Other heads that incorporate rubber bits and bristles can cause damage to your enamel, especially when combined with harsh brushing. Also make sure that you’re replacing your toothbrushes or toothbrush head every 3 months as they can become frayed and worn.

Secondly, whether you use a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush, it is important to know how to use it properly; both can be effective in removing plaque and food. With a manual toothbrush always make sure that you are brushing in small circles, massaging the gum as well as the tooth. On an electric make sure you just hold the head (no scrubbing) at the gum line for two seconds on every tooth as the brush will already be brushing for you.

This is the main difference between electric and manual toothbrushes. Manual toothbrushes rely on your ability to effectively brush away plaque and food; electric toothbrushes do the work for you, which for some people may mean cleaner teeth. Also remember that your teeth will need to be cleaned with floss.

If you’re still unsure, you’re always welcome to ask your dentist at Drummoyne Dental Practice at your next six monthly check-up and clean. They can recommend the best option for you. If your dentist is worried that you may not be cleaning effectively with a manual brush, they may recommend you purchase an electric one.