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Are you trying to decide between an electric and manual toothbrush? Well, we are thrilled to help you decide! When it comes to the best toothbrush for your smile, your preference is all that matters; however, there are some differences in both brushes that you can consider, including:

Plaque-removing abilities
A toothbrush is a tool that is made to remove plaque from your smile and stimulate your gums to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Both brushes successfully do so, but, now that the design and technology of the electric toothbrush has evolved, there are some models that have been clinically proven to remove more plaque than a traditional toothbrush, even in hard-to-reach areas of the mouth.

Brushing technique
There is a right and wrong way to brush your teeth, and there is only one right way to brush your teeth with a manual toothbrush. Simply hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth and start cleaning your smile at the gum line. Use a gentle circular motion and move your brush up and down each tooth. When you use an electric toothbrush, things might get a little more complicated. Your brushing technique will likely change when you use a powered toothbrush, depending on the model you choose to use. So, when you first begin using the brush, make sure to read the instructions before you start cleaning your smile.

Ease of use
The design of a manual toothbrush is simple and effective. It is the perfect shape and length and it is generally easy for most people to use. But, for those who are worried about not brushing their teeth correctly, an electric toothbrush can help.

An electric toothbrush can be 6 to 14 oz., which is heavier than a manual toothbrush because of the weight of the batteries. Some electric toothbrushes also have rechargeable batteries that need to be recharged on a regular basis. When it comes to actually using the toothbrush, the unit does most of the work for you. All you need to do is point the brush in the right direction and guide the brush from tooth to tooth.

Technical advantages
For those of you who are tech-savvy brushers, the electric toothbrush, depending on the brand, has technical advantages over the manual toothbrush to help you successfully brush your teeth. Some brands have timers that time your brushing for 2-3 minutes and let you know when you can stop. Some brands provide oral hygiene tips to help you improve your brushing technique as well as improve your oral health. And some brands play music every time the bristles touch your teeth.

There are many advantages of both toothbrushes, but, like mentioned previously, your preference is all that matters. If you have any questions regarding these cleaning tools, call our office today!