– The harder you brush with a hard-bristled toothbrush, not necessarily cleaning off all of the plaque, it can actually be doing more damage. Another common question is, which sort of toothbrushes are best to use for a child or even an adult?
Generally, the softer toothbrush is the best to use. The reason is that if you’re using a hard-bristle toothbrush you can actually do a bit more damage because you’re actually putting too much pressure or can be too abrasive on the teeth. The harder you brush with a hard-bristled toothbrush, not necessarily cleaning off all the plaque, it can actually be doing more damage.
So it’s a really common question, electric toothbrush versus manual? I’d say that they’re actually both as effective as each other if your manual toothbrush if you’re doing the best technique.
Most people don’t actually know the best technique. So in that case, an electric toothbrush might be better. The other reason is that when people are using a manual toothbrush, they often go on that sort of autopilot mode where they might be doing something else in brushing, and they’re not actually getting all of the surfaces and doing the most effective job. With your electric toothbrush, it sort of does most of the work for you.