What Is a Better Toothbrush: Electric or Manual?

An electric toothbrush is typically going to give you better results than a manual toothbrush. While it is most important that you are brushing your teeth for the proper amount of time, investing in an electric toothbrush can be beneficial to those that suffer from severe plaque buildup and gum issues. Below, we will be going over some of the factors that influence the effectiveness of both.

Advantages of using an electric toothbrush:

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1. Built-in timer.

This is perhaps one of the biggest advantages of electric toothbrushes on the market today. Even some of the most affordable electric toothbrushes on the market now include a built-in timer. This included timer will help to ensure that you brush your teeth for a full 2 minutes. Some even include other built-in timers which help to ensure that you are sticking to the appropriate section for the right amount of time. Brushing your teeth in quadrants is one of the best ways to ensure that you are brushing your teeth for enough time to adequately remove plaque.

2. Built-in pressure features.

Another good thing about brushing your teeth with an electric toothbrush is having built-in pressure features that will allow you to tell whether or not you are brushing your teeth too hard. When you are brushing with a manual toothbrush, there is simply no way to tell whether or not you are brushing your teeth with too much pressure which can damage your enamel. By investing in an electric toothbrush, you can get a model that will give off some sort of indication that you are brushing your teeth too hard which can reduce the chances of you damaging your teeth as you brush.

3. Deeper penetration

Another significant advantage of using electric toothbrushes is the ability to get deeper penetration below the gum line which can help to disrupt built-up bacteria. At the same time, some of the electric toothbrushes on the market feature an oscillating motion which can help to remove biofilm on the tooth surface.

Because electric toothbrushes can make the process of brushing teeth effortless and ‘brainless’ in a sense, it is typically going to be the better option for those that struggle with either the process of brushing their teeth or that might tend to be less motivated to brush teeth for long enough. By investing in an affordable electric toothbrush, you will be able to ensure that you are getting in a full 2-minute brush each and every time. You will also get the added benefit of deeper penetration because of the included technology.

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However, a manual toothbrush can provide just as good of a brushing experience as long as you are dedicated and willing to put in the effort to do so. Therefore, an electric toothbrush is not necessarily a necessity. However, it will generally do a better job than you would be able to do with a manual unless you have the perfect technique and put in the time needed to brush your teeth thoroughly.

Now that you have this oral hygiene techniques and must-knows, fulfill your oral care by visiting your dentist on a regular basis. Schedule your appointment with the top dental office in Arlington VA – Cherrydale Family Dental!



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