A review of studies displayed that, in general, electric toothbrushes do decrease more plaque and gingivitis than manual toothbrushes. After three months of use, plaque was reduced by 21 percent and gingivitis by 11 percent. One study found that people were more likely to brush too hard if they used a manual toothbrush opposed to an electric. Brushing too hard can hurt your gums and teeth.
So should everyone pitch their faithful manual brush? No! The majority of our patients have adequate home care with traditional manual toothbrushes. Manual toothbrushes have been around for a long time. While they don’t have the bells and whistles found in many electric toothbrushes, they are still an effective tool for cleaning your teeth and preventing gingivitis. If you’re most comfortable sticking to with a manual toothbrush, continue to use one if it means you’ll brush twice per day, every day.