One of the frequent dilemmas we face when it comes to choosing a new toothbrush is whether we should go for one of the modern electric toothbrushes or a simple manual toothbrush. Brushing your teeth is a necessary daily process to maintain good oral health, and choosing the right toothbrush can play a key role in its effectiveness.
Essentially what we are trying to achieve when we use a toothbrush, whether manual or electric, is the maximum removal of dental microbial plaque (known to all as plaque) in order to obtain or maintain healthy gums and teeth. Most toothbrushes will manage to achieve the above as long as they are used in the right way. Unfortunately, almost not one in ten patients brush correctly and effectively with a manual toothbrush.
To clean a manual toothbrush you need to press it on the teeth, while an electric one, due to the high speed of rotation, requires much less pressure to achieve the same cleaning effect and is therefore much safer for the enamel of the teeth. In fact, some of the most modern electric toothbrushes have built-in pressure sensors that automatically slow down or even stop the rotation when we apply too much pressure to avoid grinding teeth and receding gums.
Thanks to the fast rotary movements and the small head, electric toothbrushes are proven to be more effective in cleaning teeth around braces in people undergoing orthodontic treatment, around dental implants, tooth sockets and under bridges.
Generally all studies show, at rates exceeding 80%, that those who chose the electric toothbrush saw their teeth and gum health improve, as long as they of course continued to use it, which also happened to the vast majority of users.
It is now clear that with the drop in price, electric toothbrushes are the best choice for oral hygiene for all patients. Adults and children can benefit the most from its use, since it makes brushing teeth more effective and fun and the smile brighter and more attractive.