First and most important, you should remember that the choice of a toothbrush comes down to personal preferences. A manual toothbrush is extremely accessible/cheap, and there are tens of thousands of models and shapes to choose from.
Even the manual toothbrushes are nowadays manufactured to resemble a high tech dental health accessory with gum stimulators, special tongue cleaner pads, different types of ergonomic handles and different angles for the head of the brush. Since the manual toothbrush is so inexpensive, you can replace it as many times as you wish or need. An electric toothbrush is more expensive, so you do not replace it so often.
The manual toothbrush is travel friendly, not so bulky as an electric toothbrush. Then, the manual toothbrush does not exert such a powerful pressure on teeth and gums.
In fact people with sensitive teeth or gums need to buy soft bristled manual toothbrushes for gentle cleaning. A manual toothbrush has several speeds and thousands of rotations per minute so even though they perform a more thorough cleaning they could hurt the enamel of your teeth or make your gums tender-especially if you struggle with sensitive teeth and oral tissues.
Yet another important aspect to keep in mind is that a manual toothbrush is the perfect accessory which will teach kids good dental health habits. Small children do not need electric toothbrushes, because they could injure their teeth or gums/tissues in the process of brushing. There are plenty fun design manual toothbrushes available for kids that you can choose from.
Now that the best advantages of the manual toothbrush have been exposed, let’s get to the forte points of the electric toothbrush. This toothbrush is highly recommended in certain cases.
For instance patients with a weak manual dexterity will be able to cleanse their teeth more efficiently with an electric brush. This is also true in the case of patients who have got a very limited ability of using their arms/shoulders, or patients with arthritis.
Nowadays, there are available electric toothbrushes with special sensors such as a pressure sensor. If you are brushing too aggressively the teeth, the tiny sensor will warn that you should not put so much pressure. Or, some toothbrushes come with timers, helping you keep brushing your teeth every time for the right amount of time.
Electric toothbrushes are extremely advisable for patients with gum disease, because they are better at removing plaque and tartar deposits than the regular manual toothbrush.
The electric brush will stimulate your gums nicely, thus helping the blood flow which is of primordial importance if you struggle with gum complications. Experts agree that the best electric toothbrushes are those which have that special rotating and oscillating movement (the bristles rotate in both directions).
Remember that ultimately you need to choose the type of toothbrush that you feel comfortable using. Quality dental cleansing is not given by the type of brush you use…but by the amount of time you spend brushing your teeth every day.