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Choosing The Ideal Toothbrush: Manual Vs Electric

Choosing The Ideal Toothbrush: Manual Vs Electric

The popularity of the electric toothbrush has increased significantly in recent years, with many considering it to offer better oral hygiene than a manual one. However, is it possible to really compare the two and prove that one is superior to the other?

In fact, when we use any toothbrush, our goal is to effectively remove plaque in order to maintain healthy gums and teeth. Most toothbrushes can achieve this goal, provided they are used correctly: "It's not just the effort that's required, it's the right technique!"

Manual toothbrush: The traditional solution for oral hygiene

Using a manual toothbrush has many advantages that have been documented over the years.

Manual toothbrushes are affordable and widely available everywhere, while electric ones can still be considered quite expensive.
They are easy to carry when traveling because of their small size, while you can still have them with you all the time.
They are available in a variety of designs and colors, offering options that electric ones cannot provide, such as the special "super soft" head.
However, their main disadvantages are that they require effort to achieve the desired results, while the lack of timing can lead to insufficient brushing.

Unfortunately, almost one in ten patients do not clean their teeth effectively with a manual toothbrush. In addition, people with arthritis or special needs, as well as those with reduced mobility in the shoulders and arms, benefit from using an electric toothbrush and the larger handle it offers.

In summary, the manual toothbrush remains a reliable choice for oral hygiene, although the electric one offers some advantages, especially for certain groups of people.

Why choose an electric toothbrush?

Electric toothbrushes now offer a variety of designs and colors, and they also have a variety of technical features. With a timer, a pressure indicator that notifies us of excessive pressure when brushing, brushing programs for all needs and applications that connect to smart phones and provide statistics on our monthly oral hygiene.

The sophisticated movement of the replacement head, whether it is 3D or 2D movement, combined with the many turns of the electric toothbrush, ensures superior oral hygiene without effort. Even the budget options offer effective plaque removal.

Research has proven that using an electric toothbrush removes at least 50% more plaque than a manual toothbrush. In particular, Oral B's electric toothbrushes with their unique rotating and oscillating motion have proven to be particularly effective.

In summary, the advantages of the electric toothbrush are as follows:

Easy to use: Simply place the toothbrush at an angle of 45 degrees to the edge of the free gums.
More efficient brushing with minimal effort.
Pleasant experience for children, who often find it difficult to keep a daily routine.
Timing of brushing time.
Pressure indicator to avoid injuries.
However, it is worth noting that the downside of needing to charge once a week and the high cost may be issues for some consumers.

When it comes to replacement, Oral B toothbrush heads have "indicator" bristles that discolor and notify us when replacement is due, which is usually about every three months.