With all the debate about manual vs electric, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. However, people often forget that brushing technique is the most important factor. So if that’s the case, does it really matter which toothbrush you actually use? As with many things in life, the answer to this question is both a yes and a no.
Testing has shown that manual toothbrushes are just as effective as electric, if used correctly. Brush firmly but gently with a soft bristle toothbrush. Make sure you cover all tooth surfaces as well as the gums. Plaque is soft and can be removed easily, without requiring excessive force.
Avoid using hard bristle toothbrushes. They can potentially damage your teeth and gums. You might ask, if they are bad, why are they still available? The answer is simple but surprising. Toothbrush companies know that there are people who still buy them, believing that they do a better job. As such, they simply supply the demand of that market.
That being said, hard bristle toothbrushes can be effective, if used carefully. They are certainly better than nothing. Adjust your technique by brushing even more carefully and gently than usual. But try to get a soft bristle toothbrush ASAP.
So why do many people choose electric toothbrushes over manual?
Using an electric toothbrush can certainly make the task of cleaning your teeth much easier and faster, requiring less dexterity and physical exertion.
Electric is definitely the better choice if your manual brushing technique is lacking. Simply position the rotating brush head in the right area and it does the hard work for you. The electric toothbrush head, which is generally much smaller in size, can reach more difficult areas.
So which one do I prefer?
While both are equally as effective when it comes to removing plaque, electric toothbrushes offer several advantages.
However, I still prefer using a manual toothbrush. I would say my brushing technique is quite good and I like the feeling of involvement and control. I find manual brushing quite therapeutic.