Girl Brushing TeethPoor dental hygiene can result in all kinds of issues. At best, plaque removal and fillings will be needed before too long. There is also the possibility of the need for major dental work for instance crowns -and even loss of teeth.

In addition to being painful, dental problems can often be very costly. That is why it is always profitable to brush your teeth properly both in the morning and at night.

People often ask which of the two is better: electric or manual toothbrushes? Actually, both have their own advantages. Regarding which is better, that will be determined by your personal preferences.

However, one thing is worth noting; although both types of brushes can be extremely effective in keeping the teeth clean, healthy and shiny, each of them has some distinctive advantages.

Electric Toothbrushes

Electric toothbrushes were initially invented in the late 1950s, but didn’t become popular until the late 1990s. It is estimated that 20-25 percent of people use them. While they have not outdone traditional toothbrushes, they are becoming increasingly popular for several reasons.

Although manual toothbrushes and toothpaste work well, electric toothbrushes offer several additional benefits.

Benefits of Electric Toothbrushes

Certainly, electric toothbrushes add a bit of fun into brushing your teeth. They are popular with people who adore technology, some come with digital displays. In fact, the latest models even have Bluetooth technology! Electric toothbrushes can be a wonderful way to encourage children to brush their teeth in the morning and at night.

Painless Cleaning – An electric toothbrush should not cause any pain or discomfort if the user’s gums and teeth are healthy. This is because the bristles are hard enough to do the job, but on the other hand, they are soft enough to circumvent irritating the gums.

Electric toothbrushes are equipped with an array of convenient features. You can actually adjust the brush head’s speed and motion to suit the sensitivity of your gums and teeth. On some models, the brushes allow you to set a timer to make sure that you brush your teeth for minimum two minutes and even ensure that each part of your mouth is well and equally cleaned.

Easier Brushing - Electric toothbrushes can be very useful for persons with disabilities as well as limited mobility. Brushing your teeth manually may be a very difficult challenge especially if you are afflicted by illnesses like arthritis. This often makes electric toothbrushes the better option.

Deep Cleaning – Most electric toothbrushes are designed in such a way that they reach certain areas that are difficult to clean with manual toothbrushes. The areas of the teeth closest to the gums and the crevices between the teeth often host bacteria. Electric toothbrushes’ bristles move rapidly, cleaning deeply. As such, they can reach into each and every crack, curve and crevice to remove food particles and destructive bacteria. This is a great way to combat gingivitis and gum disease.

Stain Removal - Frequent intake of drinks such as coffee and tea can finally lead to discoloration and staining of teeth. An Electric toothbrush has additional scouring power that makes it easier for users to get rid of undesirable stains and brighten their smile.

Manual Toothbrushes

Tools similar/equivalent to a toothbrush have existed as early as 3500 BC, and have been around since then. The following are their benefits (for modern toothbrushes at least!):

Speed control - Manual brushes not only allow for more speed control, but also provide users with a greater ability to adjust pressure around areas that are sensitive or painful.

They are customizable – Manual toothbrushes have almost a limitless variation. They are obtainable in a wide range of head sizes: small, medium and large sizes, and several have a convenient tongue cleaner on the back. They are also available in different grips, angles, length, and bristle stiffness, i.e. soft, medium, or hard. They also come in limitless color variations.

Easy to travel with – Manual toothbrushes can be carried in a simple case and there are no concerns about damaging them. They are lightweight and almost unbreakable and easy to travel with.

They are affordable – Manual toothbrushes are available at almost any store and at significantly affordable prices.

Easy to maintain – Unlike electric brushes, they don’t need charging, batteries or any other accessory.

In conclusion, remember, regular brushing is not the solution to every dental problem even though it prevents most of them. Brushing plus flossing in the morning and evening coupled with regular check-ups, exams, and cleanings at KidSmile Dental will keep your teeth clean, healthy and glittering for a long time to come.