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Ask our Dentist, “Are electric toothbrushes better than manual toothbrushes?”

New blog series alert! ⏰

Our mission since The Dental Law Partnership has been established in 2000 has been to get justice for people who have suffered dental negligence in the UK. And part of that mission is to help spread correct dental practices, so our clients understand the difference between dental negligence and poor at-home dental habits. Introducing our new blog series “Ask our dentist”, where we shall answer common dental questions and discuss together how we can lead healthier lifestyles to promote heathier oral hygiene.

“Are electric toothbrushes better than manual toothbrushes?”, we asked our in-house dental experts for their take on this.

Past research has shown that electric toothbrushes are better at removing dental plaque and preventing gum disease than manual toothbrushes. However, if used with the correct technique and appropriate time a manual toothbrush can still provide adequate plaque removal. There are several factors you may wish to consider when deciding whether to use a manual or electric toothbrush:

Brushing for a minimum of two minutes 🕕

Many electric toothbrushes have built in timers which help to ensure you brush for the recommended minimum of two minutes.

Brushing Pressure and Sensitive Teeth 🦷

If you suffer from dental sensitivity or have been advised that you brush too hard, some electric toothbrushes have built in sensors which alert you to the fact you are brushing too hard and need to reduce the pressure placed on your teeth.

Dexterity Problems

People with a reduced level of manual dexterity may find that an electric toothbrush are easier to hold and manoeuvre.

Toothbrush Head Size

Electric toothbrush heads tend to be smaller than manual and therefore you may find these easier to get into awkward areas of your mouth. If you have a strong gag reflex, you may find that you can tolerate a smaller electric toothbrush head in areas at the back of your mouth better than a manual one. Whether an electric or manual toothbrush is the best option for you will depend solely on your own personal circumstances and will be something your personal dentist can also help advise on.

If you have a question for our “Ask our dentist” series which you’d love to be answered by our team of dental experts, leave your question in the comments section of our latest social media post here.

Let’s help spread healthier and happier smiles together. 😁



Written by Nichole Sasi

Marketing Executive