Everyday as a dentist we face a same question
” is electric brush better than manual brush”?
Would switching from manual brush to electric brush change things?
The simple answer is NO
Either it’s electric brush or manual brush, there are 5 things you have to follow to achieve the best results
1 Brush for 2 min
Brushing for 2 minutes is a very basic rule for either types of brushing . If you brush for 2 minutes, chances are that you will be able to clean most of the area of your teeth even if you don’t concentrate on every area.
2 Cleaning behind the lower front teeth
One of the salivary gland opens just behind the lower front teeth. This makes plaque calcified very quickly due to calcium in saliva .
Cleaning effectively with either type of the brush is crucial.
3 Brushing tongue
Tongue has Pappilla that can trap bacterias.
They are responsible for bad breath . If you don’t use tongue scrapper then brushing tongue should be a important step during each brushing time.
4 Not brushing too hard
Most good quality electric toothbrushes have in build protective function where brush stops or beeps when too much pressure is applied .
When using manual brushing, pressing too hard can wear down enamel and cause recession of gums. Gentle pressure is all you need to remove soft plaque.
5 Replace brush or electric brush head regularly
Change the brush as soon as you see flaring of the bristles. It should normally happen once in 2 months . If the brush flares sooner than that this than you are probably brushing hard.
One of the best person to show you effective brushing is Dental Hygienst.