What is better: Manual or electric toothbrush?
By this time one really is spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing the right toothbrush. In addition to the classic manual toothbrush and the electrically oscillating toothbrush, the sonic toothbrush has arrived on the market as well. But which brushes the teeth best?
In general, it can be said that electric toothbrushes provide the best cleaning performance with the same cleaning time. They remove bacterial plaque more thoroughly than a manual toothbrush, reducing the time it takes to brush your teeth properly. And although it used to be assumed that electric toothbrushes are bad for the gums, studies have now even shown that they can prevent gingivitis (gum infections).
But what is actually the difference to the similar looking sonic toothbrushes? In contrast to rotating or pulsating electric toothbrushes, sonic toothbrushes swing back and forth extremely fast. However, the brush is powered by an electric transducer instead of an electric motor. This causes the bristles to vibrate, which increases the cleaning performance. The brushes are named after this transducer und the humming noise during cleaning.
The cleaning movements with a sonic toothbrush are very similar to those with a regular manual toothbrush. That is why it is well suited as a first step for people who have previously only cleaned manually. In addition, sonic toothbrushes are very gentle and have a low risk of injury. The disadvantage is the higher acquisition cost and the noise development, which is sometimes perceived as unpleasant.
Conclusion: Which toothbrush to choose depends heavily on your own needs. Each brush has certain advantages and disadvantages. The electric toothbrush cleans best overall! However, with the correct handling, all systems clean the teeth perfectly.