Electric brushes have advantages over classic lifelong brushes. However, there are times when the manual brush is more convenient.
First of all, just to make it clear that effective tooth brushing can be done with both a manual and an electric toothbrush, as long as basic recommendations are followed.
Although there are needs and tastes for everything, it is true that certain electric brushes demonstrate advantages over manual brushes.
Advantages of the electric brush
It further reduces bacterial plaque, which is responsible for the production of cavities and gingivitis.
They are more respectful of enamel. These devices have a pressure control mechanism, which prevents abrasion on the surface of the teeth, thus respecting the tooth enamel.
In addition, people using electric brushes have been shown to spend more time brushing (20 to 40% more) than those using manual brushes. This may be due to the fact that users get less tired and are more aware of the importance of oral hygiene.
How to choose the best toothbrush?
Having doubts as to which is the most suitable, current scientific evidence highlights that electric brushes with “swing-rotary” technology achieve better cleaning results and reduce bacterial plaque by 20% more than other systems. Advanced technology allows brushing time to be recorded in each area of the mouth, thereby correcting brushing defects.
Electric brushes are also highly recommended for people who have a medical condition, disability, problems or limitations in maintaining their personal hygiene. Similarly, it will be much more practical and effective for your family members or caregivers to use an electric brush than a manual brush.
Guide to choosing the manual brush
On the market we find toothbrushes for all tastes. The first thing to consider when choosing it is if you need a normal brush or a specific one, but it will be the dentist who recommends this. Basically, there are 3 parameters that we must look at:
In the hardness of the brush bristles (high hardness brushes should not be used).
In the size of the brush head (it must be able to reach all corners of the mouth).
In the brush design (more or less curved).
After surgery in which there are stitches or there is a sore area, in this case, a manual brushing with ultra soft bristles allows a more delicate brushing and can better control the speed and intensity when cleaning the affected area.
People with orthodontics, since electric brushes can release some wire or bracket if not used carefully. In this case, the dentist will recommend the most suitable manual brush for the patient.
In the case of children, although there is no reason why they cannot use an electric one, most brushing is usually done with a manual brush, since there is much more on offer of this type of brushes for their size of mouth and hands.