No one can make 30.000 moves in a minute manually, which is the speed of vibration of the electric toothbrush, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re always the better option, says Tomas Wolf from the German Dental Association.
“Mechanical removal of dental plaque is the most important thing”, he explains, “and it actually comes down to how good you brush your teeth, regardless of whether you use an electric toothbrush or a manual one.”
Although some studies indicate that people who’re skilled at using an electric toothbrush can remove more plaque than those who use manual ones, “the difference isn’t so significant to encourage dentists to recommend it exclusively” Wolf said.
The most important thing, Wolf says, is to brush the teeth from all sides, and it’s recommended that you brush your tongue a couple of times as well afterwards.
An effective tooth brushing technique implies that you hold your brush at an angle of 45 degrees, half on your gums, half on your teeth, and using circular motions and low pressure brush every tooth.
But you need to be careful what kind of brush you buy. It needs to be soft enough and small enough to reach the last teeth in the back as well.
The electric brush is recommended to all patients who don’t have the patience to brush their teeth longer or who experience difficulties reaching all their teeth because of their distant position.
One of the advantages of using an electric toothbrush is the oral douche who cleans the space between your teeth effectively, while its disadvantage is the high price.