There has been a long time silent battle the toothbrush aisle. That battle is between the basic, manual toothbrush and the newer, more advanced electric toothbrushes. Manual toothbrushes are obviously low cost, easily available, and variety of styles are available, and great for travel- in short, it is convenient. Electric toothbrushes on the other hand are much expensive. Buying the electric one will set back with a one time-high cost and buying replacement heads is a comparable price to that of the manual. However, electric toothbrushes make proper brushing practice easy, they do a better job of removing plaque, and kids usually find them more fun to use.
Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes are more effective against removing plaque and reducing gum problems. Here is one such study http://www.cochrane.org/CD002281/ORAL_poweredelectric-toothbrushes-compared-to-manual-toothbrushes-for-maintaining-oral-health
The rotating brush heads on electric toothbrushes allow the user to simply guide the toothbrush gently across their teeth and let the brush do all the work for them. This is great since many people do not actually know the proper brushing techniques needed to keep your mouth healthy. Another plus is that many electric toothbrushes now feature timers. Children will enjoy using them as they look fancy.
Whichever toothbrush you decide to use, don’t get carried away with brushing. Excessive brushing has its risks. Too much pressure and too frequent brushing can abrade enamel, or the root of the tooth if the gum has receded. Also, it should be noted that you could have the best and most expensive toothbrush available, however you need to use it twice a day and in the correct way for it to be effective.
It can often be confusing on which brush is best to buy as they are so many available. With the battery powered brushes, the two main brands we recommend at Brightside Dental are Braun Oral B and Philips Sonicare. If you need any help choosing the best option for you, do let us know.