Which Toothbrush Is Better? Electric or Manual?

Are electric toothbrushes better than manual ones? That’s the question debated among many dentists and parents, and the answer to that question: It all depends on what kind of “brusher” your children are.

If your child has too much plaque buildup and brushes too hard…

You might want them to switch to an electric toothbrush. There are times when children want to do a perfect job of brushing their teeth, which causes them to brush too hard on the gum tissue. This can cause gum recession and abrasion in the long run.

The electric toothbrush is less dependent on correct brushing technique, which will do all the work for your children without harming their gums and teeth. Ultrasonic brushes such as the Sonicare and Oral B Pulsonic eliminate the “scrubbing” motion so many patients use to get their teeth feeling clean. Plus, an electric toothbrush could be considered a fun way to brush teeth. There are plenty of designs and colors suited to children, making brushing teeth enjoyable instead of tedious.

If their brushing technique is flawless…

The manual toothbrush will do just fine. If your children are following good oral hygiene and sees our San Diego pediatric dentists regularly, there is no need to switch to an electric toothbrush. A manual toothbrush can effectively get rid of the plaque in their smiles as long they maintain a proper brushing technique. What’s the proper brushing technique? Have your children avoid the back-and-forth motion when brushing. Have them aim the toothbrush bristles at the gum line and move the brush in a circular, gentle motion. This will sweep the plaque away from the gums, promoting supreme oral health. If you have questions or your child needs a demonstration on proper brushing technique don’t hesitate to ask us!

Oral Hygiene Tips

Whether your children choose the electric or manual toothbrush, you should always bear in mind these tips in mind when looking after your children’s teeth:

  • Stay away from the hard and medium bristle toothbrush. Always choose the soft bristles for a gentle brushing.
  • Have them clean their teeth in the morning and at night.
  • Replace their toothbrushes every three months.
  • Floss every day.
  • Have them clean their tongues to remove any extra plaque hidden in their mouth.

Have your children jump-start their oral health with these proper methods! Please give us a call today if your children are in need of a dental check-up at Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists!

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