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A Guide to Choosing Between a Manual & an Electric Toothbrush July 1, 2020

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A Guide to Choosing Between a Manual & an Electric Toothbrush, Glastonbury, Connecticut

Teeth cleaning prevents tartar from developing, avoids cavities, and keeps your gums healthy. Dentists recommend brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. There are both electric and manual toothbrush options that meet these guidelines. The type of toothbrush you should choose depends on your circumstances.

Electric Toothbrush

Teeth cleaning is most effective if you use the right technique. Make small circular motions with the brush instead of dragging it back and forth, and clean all areas of the teeth and tongue. An electric toothbrush makes circular motions automatically.

Since it doesn’t need to be moved around as much by the person using it, it takes less arm strength and dexterity to clean the whole mouth. This means it’s more effective at removing plaque and improving overall dental health than a manual toothbrush. It’s still possible for many people to get these results with a manual toothbrush if they’re careful, but for those with mobility problems or hand pain, such as seniors and those with arthritis, electric is the clear choice.

Manual Toothbrush

Teeth CleaningIf you’re able to use correct teeth cleaning techniques, a manual toothbrush can be effective. It may be more convenient than an electric option.

It doesn’t require charging or batteries, is less expensive to get and to replace, and you don’t have to worry about purchasing parts, like extra brush heads, that match the brand. It’s also easier to pack when you’re traveling because it’s smaller, lighter, and less delicate. Plus, you’ll have more options for the size and shape of the brush head.


For a family dentist to help you choose the right teeth cleaning equipment, visit Nayaug Family Dental in South Glastonbury, CT. Serving Hartford, their office is handicap accessible, and they take pride in tailoring treatment to your individual needs and explaining dental health issues clearly. They perform a wide range of services, including teeth whitening treatments and oral cancer exams. Call (860) 633-6167 or visit their website to set up an appointment.

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