01 August 2019
Manual versus electric

Electric toothbrushes clean teeth and gums much better than a manual toothbrush, according to the findings of a new study.


German scientists found that people who use an electric toothbrush have healthier gums, less tooth decay and also keep their teeth for longer, compared with those who use a manual toothbrush.


Electric toothbrushes, especially those with heads that rotate in both directions, or 'oscillating' heads, are really effective at removing plaque. This helps keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay.


A recent poll by the Oral Health Foundation found that less the one in two (49%) British adults currently use an electric toothbrush.


For almost two-in-three (63%) electric toothbrush users, more effective cleaning is their reason behind the switch. More than a third (34%) have been persuaded to buy one because of the advice of a dentist while around one in nine (13%) have received one as a gift.


For those who use a manual toothbrush, the cost of going electric is often a turn off.  However, as technology has developed, the cost of having an electric toothbrush becomes more affordable. Battery-powered toothbrushes are available for £10 while electric ones can be had for £30.


Remember – it’s important that whether you currently use an electric toothbrush or not, you should be following a good oral health routine. You should be brushing for two minutes, twice a day, with a fluoride toothpaste. Also, a good oral health routine would not be complete without using an interdental brush or floss once a day.

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