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Electric Toothbrushes VS Manual Toothbrushes-Which one’s better?

Regular brushing is important for maintaining oral health. Brushing twice a day will remove plaque from teeth, prevent gum disease and tooth decay. That’s why it’s good to have a routine and regularly brush and floss your teeth for optimal oral health. But which type of toothbrush should you be using? Does one do a better job at keeping your teeth clean?

At Freedom Dental, our dentists know everything about electric and manual toothbrushes. Both hold many benefits and we are here to go through them all. From key differences to disadvantages and more, we have answered all your questions about electric and manual toothbrushes. Read below to find out which is more effective:

Benefits of Manual Toothbrushes:

Manual toothbrushes have been around for centuries, and come in a variety of bristle hardness (soft being the best), shapes and sizes. Plus, some manual brushes have a material on the back to help clean your tongue. For some people, manual brushes are better, as they can control the movement and pressure of the toothbrush. Which is helpful for those who suffer from sensitive teeth and gums.

In comparison to electric toothbrushes, manual ones are also more convenient for travel, as they are smaller, lighter and don’t need charging. People may also opt for manual toothbrushes as they are more accessible, affordable and don’t make unnecessary noise which can irritate some. And lastly, manual toothbrushes are beneficial for kids who are just starting to brush their teeth. As mentioned above, it’s easier for them to use and control.

Benefits of Electric Toothbrushes:

Electric toothbrushes are more thorough than a manual toothbrush, as the bristles vibrate and rotate on your teeth and gums. The vibration and micro-movements from the brush can remove a greater amount of plaque from your teeth. As a result, electric toothbrushes make cleaning your teeth easier as the rotating head does most of the work for you.

Since electric toothbrushes do most of the work, it makes them extremely useful for anyone with limited mobility. This includes people with arthritis, carpal tunnel and those with developmental disabilities. Some children will also benefit from an electric toothbrush, as many models play sound or music and feature timers. These timers on electric toothbrushes encourage kids and others to brush for the recommended two minutes. Electronic toothbrushes can benefit those with sensitive teeth and gums as well, as some models have pressure sensors and alert the user if they are brushing too hard.

The Evidence:

In 2014, Cochrane Oral Health Group completed a review from 1964 to 2011 including 5,068 participants that received either a powered toothbrush on a manual toothbrush. From this review, it was found that electric toothbrushes provided a greater benefit compared to manual toothbrushes in the reduction of plaque. There was an 11% reduction in plaque at one to three months of use, and a 21% reduction in plaque after three months of use. They also found that there was a 6% reduction in gingivitis after three months of use in comparison to those who used a manual toothbrush.

The evidence shown from this study is only considered to be of moderate quality, as it doesn’t specify who benefited from an electric toothbrush or the impact on their long-term dental health. This means that manual toothbrushes can be just as effective as reducing plaque, tooth decay and gum disease as electric ones. As long as you are using a good brushing technique and brushing regularly, manual toothbrushes can be just as beneficial. However, different toothbrushes are better suited to different people and your dentist can advise which is the best fit for you.

How To Choose The Right Toothbrush:

The bottom line is that both eclectic and manual toothbrushes are effective at cleaning teeth if you brush correctly and for the right amount of time. However, an electric toothbrush does make brushing your teeth easier and results in better plaque removal. For children and people with mobility issues, this can be extremely beneficial. Manual toothbrushes are still effective and are more accessible and affordable. They are lighter than electric toothbrushes, don’t require charging and allow people to control the amount of pressure on their teeth.

In the end, the best type of toothbrush depends on the individual and if you are still indecisive, then our dentists can help you! At freedom dental, we are all about creating a healthy routine and identifying what brushes and methods are suitable for each individual.  You can talk to our professional dentists today, and find out which brush would suit your teeth and gums better. Call us to make an appointment 03 9828 3888 or make an appointment online and our team will help you reach a healthier smile.


Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health/dental-and-oral-health/electric-toothbrush-vs-manual

Cochrane Library: https://www.cochrane.org/CD002281/ORAL_poweredelectric-toothbrushes-compared-to-manual-toothbrushes-for-maintaining-oral-health

Orthodontics Australia: https://orthodonticsaustralia.org.au/electric-or-manual-toothbrush/

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