Electric Vs Manual toothbrush, which is better for my child?


Tooth brushing either with an electric toothbrush or manual toothbrush helps physically reduce plaque build up in our mouths. There is evidence revealing that electric toothbrushing may assist with reducing plaque build-up provided that it is used correctly. Thus, electric toothbrushes are generally recommended for adults who have already developed the correct dexterity in toothbrushing appropriately. 




Children usually will require assistance with their tooth brushing and flossing. As a parent, if you are choosing an electric toothbrush for your child, it is important that you are familiar with how to use the electric toothbrush correctly yourself before teaching your child. Electric toothbrushes can sometimes be used to motivate kids as they can be interesting and interactive. Manual toothbrushes can also help reduce plaque build-up provided children know how to use them correctly i.e. circles around the gum margins not “scrubbing” across your teeth and gums. 


Most of the time the best thing to do is ask your child what they would prefer. Some children may find electric toothbrushes appealing, yet others can find it uncomfortable and even scary. When your child finds their favourite toothbrush, they’re more likely to develop good oral hygiene habits that stay with them for life. If you’re entirely unsure, keeping up with your child’s regular dental appointments every six months will allow your child’s dentist to give any feedback on your child’s toothbrushing and technique. 

Below you will find a couple of videos show you the different techniques needed for using an electric toothbrush vs a manual toothbrush.


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