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Electric toothbrush or manual toothbrush?

Which is better?



We are often asked this question. Most of the time it comes back to personal preference but there are times when we will recommend that you use an electric toothbrush.


Brushing technique is important to keep the teeth and gums healthy. So often we see people who brush so hard that they brush away part of their tooth structure and cause the gums to recede (become pushed down). Electric toothbrushes do the hard work for you, they are not just for lazy people! Many electric toothbrushes move in a circular motion or an up and down action. You do not need to worry about this action, the most important point to remember is that you guide the electric toothbrush around the mouth without adding any extra pressure to the teeth and gums.


Having a starting and finishing point in the mouth can help to ensure that you are not missing areas. If you prefer a manual toothbrush the most important thing to remember is to use a brush with a small head and either soft or sensitive bristles. Avoid medium and hard bristle toothbrushes as these are likely to damage the teeth.


Our hygienists and oral health therapists can guide you through the best brushing technique for your situation & can discuss which may be the best toothbrush for you.

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