Manual Brushing vs. Electric Toothbrushes

Oral hygiene plays a significant role in your overall health. Most people don’t realize the part of good oral hygiene and its impact on the body. Gum disease is a considerable risk factor and can lead to serious health issues like diabetes and heart problems. During the early stages of childhood, parents teach children the importance of teeth cleaning and brushing regularly. It is also essential to see a dentist regularly and get dental cleaning done so that you can maintain good health. That said, wondering which brush to choose? Here is a look at manual brushing vs. electric toothbrushes.


Manual Brushing

The choice of a toothbrush is very personal. With a handheld toothbrush, you brush longer and pay attention to brushing patterns. The advantages of a manual toothbrush are:

· Cheap and easy to find

· Choice of heads, styles, and bristle strength

· Easy portability

· No need for power cords or batteries

· Easy to replace

Some disadvantages to a manual toothbrush are:

· Kids find it hard to use, especially when they are learning to brush

· Difficult for people who have disabilities

· No timer

Using electric toothbrushes

Between a manual toothbrush and an electric, the electric toothbrush has a slight edge. It is easier for children to use. They can later learn how to use a manual toothbrush as they get older. It is also a good option for people with specific disabilities. In both cases, dentists recommend that users get soft-bristled brushes. Medium and stiff bristles can cause gum damage and even damage tooth enamel if misused. Advantages of using an electric toothbrush are:

· Easy to use for those who have braces

· No dexterity issues for children or the elderly, or even those with disabilities

· Availability of moving heads, rotation, and other movements

· Encourages brushing

· Easy to carry

Disadvantages of owning and using an electric toothbrush are:

· Expensive to buy

· Easily damaged

· Need batteries or must be charged regularly

Which is better?

If you are trying to decide to switch from a manual to an electric toothbrush, know that both are good. One is not better than the other. There are some things to consider in either case.

· Make sure to get a size that fits in your mouth easily. The head of the brush should help you access the surface of every tooth easily and have a good handle.

· Consider bristle variety as well. Since there are soft, medium, and stiff bristles, you should ask your dentist to recommend which to buy. Soft-bristled brushes are the best choice. These will not damage your teeth or gums if you brush vigorously.

· Pick a brush that the ADA has approved. This indicates that both manual and electric brushes have been tested rigorously.

The above tips hold true for manual and electric toothbrushes during the buying process. When in doubt, ask your dentist to recommend a brush. Dentists usually hand out sample brushes and floss to patients at every appointment. They also recommend the correct brushing method so that patients don’t develop dental problems.

Regardless of which toothbrush you choose to use, ensure you brush your teeth regularly and floss as well. Both types are effective at teeth cleaning and maintaining good oral hygiene. Make sure you see your dentist regularly for a checkup and dental cleaning. Doing so will help you have good, strong teeth and stay healthy.

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Simrit has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She started her career with Assisting/Treatment co-ordinating and then moved on to becoming the Hygiene Co Ordinator in 2005. In 2012 she took on a new role as the Marketing Director. Though she loved being the Marketing Director, in 2015 she became the Office Manager of Torbram Dental. She completed her Level 1 Dental Assisting program with Career Canada in 1996 and then went on to complete her Level II Dental Assisting Diploma with Southwestern Medix in 1999. That is when she received NDAEB Certification. Simrit has been and still is an active member of the Ontario Dental Assistants Association since 2000. She enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband and two kids and loves to explore new restaurants, especially high-tea venues.

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Carrie has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She graduated from George Brown College in 1998 with a Dental Assistant Diploma and continued to further her education by completing a Dental Hygiene Diploma in 2001 at Durham College. Carrie is a highly trained and experienced Registered Dental Hygienist who continues to learn and grow by updating her knowledge to provide her clients with the best Oral Health Care techniques and information. Carrie is passionate about Dentistry and is known for her gentle and compassionate manner. She feels strongly about building lasting relationships and trust with her clients to help them understand that good Oral Health leads to good Overall Health. Carrie enjoys travelling, dabbling in decorating and a good Netflix series in her time off. Carrie resides in Halton Hills with her husband and two children.

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Daniela's interest in Dentistry began in Gr.6 when she wrote a speech entitled "My Life as a Toothbrush".
A Registered Dental Hygienist with 22 years of clinical experience, Daniela still has a great passion for her career. The most rewarding aspect for her is building lasting relationships with her patients, and seeing them through to a healthier smile.
Her thorough yet gentle touch will ensure a comfortable visit every time.
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As a dedicated Dental Hygienist at Torbram Dental, Aalisha brings recent knowledge and experience to ensure the best oral health for our patients. She holds a Diploma in Dental Hygiene from the Toronto College of Dental Hygiene and Auxiliaries and has further enriched her education with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo. Beyond her professional qualifications, Aalisha has a zest for life that extends beyond the dental chair. She cherishes quality time with family and friends, thrives on outdoor adventures, and has a passion for hiking and water-based activities, especially during the sunny summer days. She is an avid traveler, exploring tropical paradises and historic destinations while immersing herself in diverse cultures and indulging in delicious culinary experiences."

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Supreet was born and raised in Punjab, India and came to Canada in 2016. She graduated from Sheridan College as an Environmental Lab Technician but later decided to change her career to dentistry. She completed her Level I and II Intra-Oral Dental Assisting course from George Brown College and graduated in 2023. In July 2023, Supreet joined the team at Torbram Dental where she enjoys working. In her free time, she loves to read books.

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