Electric toothbrush or manual for best results?
Brushing technique is more important than whether you use a manual or electric toothbrush. It is possible to clean better with a manual brush used well than an electric one used poorly.
Your dentist or hygienist can tell how well you are cleaning your teeth – and most importantly, show you how to improve. Disclosing tablets are a great way to see for yourself which areas need closer attention.
The head of an electric – or manual – brush should meet the gum-line at an angle of 45°. And as the heads are smaller on electric brushes, allow time to clean each tooth individually…
Electric toothbrushes come with a range of choices: a rotating head, or bristles moved by ultrasonic pulses? Need or want adjustable power levels? Inbuilt timer? Rechargeable batteries? Of course, added options mean added cost, so check with your dentist beforehand.
When electric may be better. . .
Good brushing technique requires a high level of manual dexterity, and a certain level of movement and endurance in the arm. Conditions such as arthritis can make gripping the narrower handle of a manual brush difficult or uncomfortable. Arm movement as well as fine hand control may be affected temporarily by a broken bone, or for a longer term following a stroke.
When it is difficult to physically manage the task of brushing, an electric brush can make the task easier and less demanding.