In the past, Consumer Reports has said electric and manual toothbrushes are equally effective as long as you brush teeth thoroughly for 2 minutes, twice a day.
But an analysis of 56 studies published in 2014 by the international evidence-based research organization Cochrane found that electric models may have a slight edge.
Compared with manual toothbrushes, electrics reduced dental plaque 21 percent more and gingivitis (i.e., inflammation of the gums) 11 percent more after three months of use, the team from Cochrane found.
I've myself always used a manual toothbrush before I tried Mouthwatchers Power Toothbrush with Flossing Bristles.
This brush runs slower than other typical power brushes, and low rpm’s have been proven to be better than faster ones for multiple reasons: not only they are not abrasive on the teeth enamel, but they also avoid gum damages, that can lead to gum recession.
Round head vs rectangular, so I can do a better job working on each of those back-molar ones at a time! Extremely efficient on lower-lingual as well, going with a back-and-forth motion.
No matter which toothbrush you decide to use, don’t forget a couple of “rules”:
- Always get a SOFT toothbrush. Medium or hard bristles can dramatically damage your enamel and even lead to gum recession.
- Do NOT brush hard! The more gentle the better.
- Change your toothbrush every 4 months (if you use Mouthwatchers) and every 3 months (if you use any other brush)
- Floss! Floss! Floss!
- Visit a dental office every 6 months, or more often if necessary.