Manual Or Powered? Which Is Best For Your Teeth?

Powered tooth brushes are more effective at brushing and cleaning teeth and gums. It’s generally true that if used correctly and regularly, using an electric toothbrush will lead to healthier gums, brighter teeth, reduced decay, fresher breath and better overall oral health compared to using manual brushing.

The effectiveness of different brushes has long been debated, and partly the reason powered brushes are so effective is because they come with a timer – so you can just relax and brush, whereas manual brushing is frequently rushed and cut short, way under the recommended – or required – 2 minutes in the morning and 2 minutes in the evening.

Powered brushing should be done without applying too much pressure though, as it can cause receding gums or sensitive gums over a long period of time.

In terms of designs, electric brushes in particular models with heads which rotate right and left – referred to as oscillating heads are extremely effective at plaque removal. This helps to keep teeth and gums healthy.

Having a powered toothbrush can bring a lot of benefits. You can also choose between electric and battery powered brushes. You should also note that using an electric tooth brush does not shorten the required brushing time – you will still need to brush for 2 minutes in the morning and 2 minutes before bed. The brushing will simply be more effective. You should use a fluoride toothpaste and you should also use interdental cleaning once each day.

If you follow an effective home dental care routine every day you will have good oral health – whether you choose manual or electric brushing. For additional advice, talk to your dentist or hygienist. The top brush manufacturers have comprehensive consumer information available, including videos and demonstrations.

Your dental practice will also provide free samples and discounts for different brands. The samples are more likely to be for toothpaste, mouth wash and interdental cleaners, but information leaflets and discounts or offers may be available through your dentist.

Your dentist can also do a demonstration to show you how to effectively use your chosen method of brushing – manual or electric.

Do you use a mouthwash? using one after brushing can make your home oral care even more effective. Ask your dental practice for a free sample and try out different brands – choosing a mouth wash is a personal choice as there are many different formulations, including alcohol and alcohol free versions.

When purchasing a powered toothbrush, it’s worth shopping around. Look at different models and replacement brush heads. Once you have narrowed down your choice, you should search online on Amazon and Boots to look for the best price. You will also need a charger and replacement brush heads which should be changed at least every 90 days.