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TrendyNannie6 Sat 08-Aug-20 21:38:52

I have both, but try as I might I just don’t like electric ones, anyone else the same, or am I on my own here 🤣

B9exchange Sat 08-Aug-20 21:41:24

It's a case of getting used to them, feel very odd to start with, even made me gag doing the back teeth at first, but no worries now, and they are much more efficient.

Chewbacca Sat 08-Aug-20 21:43:33

Electric. And is recommended by dentists.

Charleygirl5 Sat 08-Aug-20 21:54:18

Electric every time. I have two, one in use and one charging.

Oopsminty Sat 08-Aug-20 21:55:37

Electric.

25Avalon Sat 08-Aug-20 22:00:53

Both my dentist and hygienist told me to get an electric toothbrush so I did. I was told to use it for 3-4 seconds on each tooth. It’s not just the teeth as it stimulates the gums and help keeps them healthy which is very important as you get older.

BlueSky Sat 08-Aug-20 22:08:51

Definitely electric! It does seem weird to start with but you soon get used to it and couldn't do without my electric toothbrush now!

CanadianGran Sat 08-Aug-20 22:10:33

I have both. I use the electric in the morning, and manual at bedtime. Even though the electric does a good job at cleaning, for some reason the manual feels better and the toothpaste suds up more.

Agree with others that the electric takes some getting used to.

annep1 Sat 08-Aug-20 23:05:02

Same as CanadianGran. I use both. I think the electric does a better job but I like using the manual one.

MissAdventure Sat 08-Aug-20 23:07:05

I can't be bothered to fart around charging electric brushes, so I just buy the cheap battery ones.

Callistemon Sat 08-Aug-20 23:07:46

Electric - well, the rechargeable battery operated ones at least once a day.
I may use a manual one at other times.

geekesse Sat 08-Aug-20 23:19:25

Electric rechargeable - I’ve been using them since 1980 and I wouldn’t use anything else.

Calendargirl Sun 09-Aug-20 07:21:38

Electric mornings, manual night, same as some other GN’ers.

kittylester Sun 09-Aug-20 07:35:59

Electric as recommended by my dentist. However, the retired dentist I sleep with uses a manual.

Urmstongran Sun 09-Aug-20 07:39:48

Electric. My dentist promotes them. Says most people don’t use them properly. Different action needed - no sawing backwards and forwards but just press gently on each tooth and let the rotating bristles, angled down from the gum at 45° do the job. I have no false teeth, plates, crowns or whatever, no root canal treatments nor antibiotics for dental problems.
Just a great smile!
😁

Spangler Sun 09-Aug-20 08:21:58

Urmstongran, I'm with you. The electric toothbrush, along with fluoride in the water, no sugar in hot drinks and quitting smoking, has resulted in no decay for most of my life. I was 22 when I quit smoking, started at Uni, how I wish I hadn't.

Plaque is the reason why electric brushes score over manual, it's the sticky substance that is caused by the residue of food that's been eaten.

Who remembers having their teeth, scraped and polished? The electric brush has made the professional clean up by the hygienist almost redundant. I still use a manual brush, but it's for getting the toothpaste all around my mouth, then after a couple of minutes I use the electric brush.

Urmstongran Sun 09-Aug-20 08:29:33

Seems we both have that ‘ring of confidence’ Spangler!

Franbern Sun 09-Aug-20 09:36:07

Urmstongran

Electric. My dentist promotes them. Says most people don’t use them properly. Different action needed - no sawing backwards and forwards but just press gently on each tooth and let the rotating bristles, angled down from the gum at 45° do the job. I have no false teeth, plates, crowns or whatever, no root canal treatments nor antibiotics for dental problems.
Just a great smile!
😁

Urmstongran, Yes, this is how an electric toothbrush should be used. Many people have these and try to use them the same as a manual one - and then find they get no benefit from them.
I allow 10 seconds holding it on each tooth near the root area, this does mean the my teeth cleaning ritual night and morning can take up to about four or five minutes. Each tooth x 10 secs back and front. Then a short while around the gum area above and below. I do also use interdental brushes at night only.
However, since doing this my dentist confirms that I have no gum disease (not bad at nearly 80 yrs old), and no dental or hygenist work required.
I use the Oral B re-achargeable.
A friends stayed with me recently, younger than me) and told me she had such rampant gum disease she could not even clean her teeth at night as they bled onto the pillowcase when she went into bed. I asked her how she used her electric tooth brush and she showed me how she kept on moving it around her mouth (like a manual). I did advise her to use it differently - do not know if she will.

Spangler Sun 09-Aug-20 14:57:18

Urmstongran

Seems we both have that ‘ring of confidence’ Spangler!

You'll wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with Pepsident!