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Which is best – a manual or an electric toothbrush?

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If you want to protect that lovely smile your dentist has given you, choosing between an electric or a manual toothbrush is one of the more important choices you have to make.

Our patients have all sorts of treatment carried out at MyDental – anything from a simple filling to a dental bridge and pretty much everything in between. And while dental bridges can help give you a great smile – KEEPING it looking great is your next challenge.

Obviously, your daily oral hygiene routine is critical to this, and one of the most important choices you have to make is whether to opt for a manual or an electric brush.

In a previous blog, we gave some of the advantages of each, but at the end of the day, is one of them better than the other?

The good news is that both options are very effective when removing plaque – assuming that you’re using them correctly.

Here at MyDental, we’ve tried and tested lots and lots of brushes – both manual and electric – and the vast majority of them are more than fit for purpose.

Basically all the evidence suggests that both are effective ways of removing plaque when used correctly.

When choosing their brush, we find that people sometimes get preoccupied with elements that simply don’t matter – like the colour or the fancy design etc. Our dentists tell us time and again that they have treated people with wonderful teeth who use both manual and electric. Equally, they’ve seen terrible teeth that have been brushed with both manual and electric.

The trick is to make sure that you’re using either of them correctly. Neither of them is particularly smart, so it’s up to YOU to make sure that you’re brushing every section of your mouth – and for the correct amount of time as recommended by your dentist.

If you’re opting for electric, you need to choose between a head that oscillates or a sonic brush which vibrates. There’s some evidence out there that the oscillating brush is a tad more effective at removing plaque, but it’s unlikely to make a big difference in the long run.

We often find that patients tell us the electric brush gives them a cleaner feeling in their mouth, but there’s no real science behind this – it’s down to individual taste at the end of the day.

So the bottom line is that we don’t have a huge leaning towards either manual or electric – providing you’re being thorough each time you brush.

There are, however, a couple of instances in which it might be worth your while investing that extra cash in an electric brush. The first of these is where you have any condition – such as arthritis – that might limit your ability to grip or move the brush into those hard-to-reach parts of your mouth.

For such people, there’s a simple little toothbrush grip that you can buy for your manual brush. This makes it easier to hold and easier to move around your mouth.

The second case is where you – or perhaps one of your children – are a tad indifferent to brushing your teeth. In this case, investing the extra money in an electric brush can sometimes provide the stimulus to treat their teeth more seriously.

The bottom line is that if you’ve already spent money on a treatment such as a dental bridge, why throw away that money by not brushing your teeth correctly. Dental bridges are not cheap, but tooth brushes are – so over to you!