Is an electric toothbrush better than a manual toothbrush?

Most electric toothbrushes are excellent – they’re great for agitating plaque and pretty good at removing stains. Also, many electric toothbrushes come with a built-in 2-minute timer, so it’s easy to make sure you’ve brushed for the recommended time.

However, it’s easy to be complacent when your brush does all the hard work, so don’t forget to be as thorough as you would with a manual brush. You still have to guide the brush around all the surfaces in your mouth.

Making the most of your electric toothbrush

The best electric brushes come with a rotary head, which can help you get rid of tooth stains. Just use the rotary head to scour and polish the surface of your tooth, and the abrasive qualities of your toothpaste can really get to work! The round curve of the circular brush head can get close to the gum without damaging it – something you could never do with a rectangular headed brush.

Just one word of warning: if you start taking the skin off your gums, it’s definitely time to STOP. Then, you should be asking your dentist to intervene and remove the stubborn stain instead.

Did you know…?

Most flat face toothbrushes – manual and electric – only clean around 65% of tooth surfaces. It’s true, so you should use extra techniques like flossing or special brushing, especially if you suffer from decay or gum disease. Check out our Advice Centre for some powerful techniques.

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