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Manual vs. Electric: Which Toothbrush Is Better?

Manual toothbrushes work well when used properly.

Many parents ask about electric toothbrushes. Our office does recommend them in certaininstances. One must remember that the same amount of time should be used with a mechanical brush as with a manual one. If that is done, the mechanical toothbrush will be equal to or more effective at removing debris than a manual toothbrush. However, a regular toothbrush can perform similarly and perform as well. For adults with above average stain, theBraun® and InterPlak® electric toothbrushes are very effective.

Children can benefit from the use of electric toothbrushes. We recommend that children learn how to brush teeth properly with a manual brush. Then they can transfer the pattern to using an electric toothbrush. This can make up for the lack of ability and help with their motivation. The recommended toothbrushes are the Oral-B® Braun and InterPlak® electric toothbrushes.

For all our orthodontic patients, we recommend electric toothbrushes to clean around the brackets, wires and elastics. It is extremely difficult to clean near the gum line and orthodontic appliances. A mechanical toothbrush can make a considerable difference.

One must evaluate the size of the head of the toothbrush to fit the mouth. If the head is too large, it can lead to missed areas in the mouth. A rule of tooth, smaller is better when purchasing any toothbrush, manual or electric.

The type of bristle is also very important in choosing any type of toothbrush. It should always be a soft, rounded end, and polished bristle. As toothbrush bristles deteriorate over time, manual toothbrushes and electric toothbrush heads should be replaced approximately every three months.

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