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Manual or Powered Toothbrushes: Which Are Better?

Posted on 11/9/2020 by Northstar Dental
Manual or Powered Toothbrushes: Which Are Better?Brushing your teeth after every meal or a minimum of twice a day is the first step towards dental care. Oral health is vital for everyone. It does not matter whether you are using a manual toothbrush or an electric one. Manual toothbrushes have been in existence for a long time compared to electric toothbrushes. American Dental Association (ADA) supports the use of both manual and electric toothbrushes. Let's look at the two separately before we conclude on which are better.

Electric Toothbrushes

When using an electric toothbrush, it rotates and vibrates when removing plaque from your teeth. It makes it get rid of more plaque compared to a manual toothbrush. It improves gum health and also reduces tooth decay. They have timers that will alert you after every few minutes, depending on the settings. It also has various cleaning modes, and the lifetime cost is low. Another advantage is that toddlers and younger children like these toothbrushes and can safely, and quicky adapt to using them. However, we recommend that they use them under supervision during their early years. It is essential to note that you cannot use an electric toothbrush if it has no power.

Manual Toothbrushes

Manual toothbrushes are affordable and accessible to everyone. Since it is not powered, it is easier to move around with it. You can use it anywhere and at any time and not have to worry about the batteries. However, people who use manual toothbrushes may use excessive force, ending up hurting their teeth and gums. It is also harder to time yourself because manual toothbrushes do not have timers.

Which Is Better?

Both the electric and manual toothbrushes are good at removing plaque from the teeth, but electric toothbrushes are superior. It is because it is capable of cleaning the teeth much better and has made the process much easier as opposed to using a manual toothbrush. For more information, feel free to contact our offices.
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