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Electric Vs Manual Toothbrushes: which one is better?

It is recommended that you brush your teeth for a minimum of two minutes, twice a day spending at least 30seconds on each quarter of your mouth. Flossing is recommended once a day. Toothbrushing and flossing remove dental plaque, which if not removed, causes dental cavities and gum disease. A common question is, which is better an electric or manual toothbrush?

Electric toothbrushes were first introduced in 1954, initially created for patients with limited motor skills and for orthodontic patients. They make rapid automatic rotating-oscillating or vibrating motions of the bristles to clean the teeth. They require minimal input from the person using them to keep the teeth clean. The manual toothbrush movements depend on the actions you perform as you clean to ensure removal of plaque and food debri. You would think that since a person cannot match the speeds of electric toothbrushes, an electric toothbrush is a more efficient choice. Whilst studies have shown that electric toothbrushes are slightly more efficient than manual toothbrushes, this is clinically insignificant. This means both the manual and EB are effective at removing plaque, if used properly.

It is perhaps best to look at the pros and cons of each method to determine which one is best for you


Your oral health will remain at optimum levels as long as you consistently and correctly brush your teeth for a minimum of two minutes (despite the type of toothbrush you use) twice daily. Toothbrushes or brush heads need to be replaced every three months or before if the bristles are flared. If you are sitting on the fence about whether or not buy an EB, talk to one of our dentist at your next dental visit.