Manual vs Electric toothbrushes

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Proper brushing is the key to meticulous oral hygiene. Manual and electric toothbrushes both have their own sets of benefits.Which brings us to the next question, what to choose,manual or electric toothbrushes? To find what suits your oral health needs better, we put together a comparison for you. Many people find using power toothbrushes easier than using regular manual one's as the former does the brushing for you.

According to an independent 2005 study, electric brushes that worked with a rotation oscillation action showed more effective plaque removal and reduced gingivitis than manual brushes in the short and long term.Both electric and manual toothbrushes have their own benefits.

1-Electric toothbrush

works by the oscillating and vibrating motions, producing micro-movements to remove plaque buildup from your teeth and gums. A regular manual toothbrush has to be moved back and forth along your teeth, whereas electric toothbrushes provide the cleaning action for you and you only need to guide it along the surfaces of your teeth.

2-People with some limited mobility

like those suffering from carpal tunnel, arthritis, developmental disabilities  or other similar conditions may find using an electric toothbrush less painful. Electric toothbrushes were found to be particularly helpful for people with orthodontic appliances, such as braces, making brushing easier and ensuring thorough cleaning.

3- Electric toothbrushes come with convenient features

like a brush head or toothbrush holder, that enables you to improve your brushing habits. Newer Models of electronic toothbrushes come with Hi-tech features including.

-Various brushing modes specialized for sensitive teeth, gum-massaging action or whitening benefits.

-Pressure sensors that indicates when you’re brushing too hard.

-Timers to keep track of how long you’re brushing each quadrant of your mouth.

-Digital reminders for replacing your brush head.

4 - The small, round brush

head cleans each tooth individually, removing more plaque in difficult to access areas.When using a manual toothbrush, it's easy to lose track of time. Dentists recommend brushing for two minutes, twice a day, everyday. This means 30 seconds of brushing time per each quadrant. Electric Toothbrushes now come equipped with timers , ensuring a thorough cleaning time every time you brush.

5- Built-in visual pressure sensor

featuring audio and visual signals that signals if excessive force is applied while brushing.

6-Manual toothbrushes are cost-effective

with a price range of $1- $3. Electric toothbrushes are much more expensive than manual brushes with price ranges from $15 to $250 per brush. New replacement brush heads cost between $10 and $45. Disposable electric toothbrushes cost $5 - $8 plus the cost of batteries.

7-Electronic toothbrushes may produce less waste

by reducing the plastic waste but because they require electricity or batteries to operate, they are less eco-friendly than manual ones. Both manual and electric toothbrushes are considered equally effective at removing oral plaque that causes decay and disease,according to ADA.

In a nutshell,you can use either electric or manual toothbrushes, the end goal is to achieve an effective teeth cleaning to prevent gingivitis and dental decay.Both types are effective at cleaning teeth if proper technique is used.