Manual or electric model, which is the best?

A manual toothbrush can be sufficient if you know how to brush your teeth properly, by doing movements of roller while brushing from “the red to the white” during the two recommended minutes. Its main advantage is its low price. Moreover, it is never out of battery, and can easily be taken for a journey. However, its effectiveness is less good.

Which type of bristles prefer?

For people not having a particular pathology, it is recommended to use supple toothbrushes, with a very thin diameter of filaments, of about 20 hundredths of millimetre. Hard toothbrushes cause an abrasion of the teeth and shrinkage of gums which can lead to dental or aesthetic problems.

Which are the advantages of an electric brush?

For a same duration of brushing, the electric toothbrush can eliminate more dental plaque than the manual toothbrush. It works by itself, and thus requires less effort. Some electric toothbrushes are also equipped with a timer which makes it possible to better respect the two recommended minutes of brushing. For children from 7-8 years old, it can be easier to use, because their manual dexterity is less good than that of the adults.

Which are its disadvantages?

An electric toothbrush is more expensive. Its vibration may also put off some people, and the need to recharge it, may be a problem during a journey. Moreover, an electric toothbrush is often a little heavier than a manual one, because of its battery, which may be awkward for some elderly people. Nevertheless, the more important size of the handle generally allows a better gripping.

What are the differences between the electric toothbrushes?

The first ones carried out a backwards and forwards vertical movement. With their oscillate-rotatory movement, the new ones are more efficient: the round head of the brush turns on its axis, while adding a backwards and forwards motion in three dimensions, which eliminates better the dental plaque. There are also “sonic” toothbrushes which create vibrations.

We advise you not to buy the battery-powered “bottom-of-the-range” toothbrushes, less efficient.

Which model to choose for children?

You’d better choose a manual toothbrush with supple bristles, which can be used from the age of 12 months, once a day. The “junior” brushes, manual or electric, have a small head adapted to the mouth of a child. From 7-8 years old, the “ludic” side of an electric toothbrush can help the child to find brushing less long, by playing for example a little music.

Is there any toothbrush for certain situations?

During the pregnancy, the risk of gingival inflammation is higher because of hormonal changes. A more thin brush with bristles of 15 hundredth of millimetre, can be used if the gums are bleeding, or if they are swollen and painful.

After a dental surgery, the dentists prescribe toothbrushes with bristles even more thin (7 hundredth of mm). Very soft, they enable to brush the teeth without any pain. Then a toothbrush of 15 hundredth of millimetres can be used on the painful gums, and finally we use back the usual toothbrush.

In case of dental hypersensitivity, we recommend the Oral B electric toothbrush with a sensitive head of brush, or a manual toothbrush with very thin bristles. But they must be used only for a limited period of time, because they are not sufficient for a good brushing.

For holders of orthodontics apparatuses, they can use the same ones as above, or special brushes with specific bristles implants which can pass between the rings.