An electric toothbrush could be just what your teeth have been pining after. Sure, a manual toothbrush will get the job done, but don’t you want to provide your teeth with the best possible care? On the other hand, electric toothbrushes are not for everyone.
Check out this side-by-side comparison.
Manual vs. Electric
When you manually brush your teeth, you’re in complete control of the brush cycle and pattern. If you brush in circular motions, making sure to clean your gums as well, you can achieve your objective, which is to remove plaque and keep your teeth healthy.
Manual brushing requires you to time yourself, making sure you brush for the complete recommended two-minute span.
Operating an electric toothbrush takes less muscle — just switch it on and guide it over your teeth and gums. Most come with a built-in timer as well, so you can know for sure you have completed the two-minute cycle.
Pros and Cons of a Manual Toothbrush
Why depend on “old faithful,” your manual toothbrush? Well, a manual toothbrush never needs charging. Yes, you have to replace the brush once every three months, but they’re inexpensive. Your dentist may even give them out for free.
It’s easy to teach a child to use a manual toothbrush safely and effectively.
Those with sensitive teeth can feel when their brush strokes are beginning to cause pain, and lay off a bit.
Sticking to the traditional form of tooth brushing has a downside, however: You may begin to slack off on the length and vigorousness of your brushing sessions, simply because you fall into a mindless pattern.
Pros and Cons of an Electric Toothbrush
With an electric toothbrush, you don’t ever have to doubt that you didn’t put enough effort into your brushing — the motorized rotating and vibrating brush head takes care of that for you. You don’t have to focus or work as hard, and your teeth still will be cleaned effectively. For older children, learning to use this type of brush can make regular tooth care more fun.
However, a higher cost is involved, as the initial investment is more expensive than any manual option, and the brush heads must be replaced periodically as well. If you drop it, it could break, then you’d have to get a whole new one.
Compromise on a Battery-Powered Product
If you’re looking for extra power in your brushing regimen but still would like to easily take your toothbrush along with you, a battery-powered toothbrush allows this. It vibrates and stimulates your gums as you brush, helping you to remove more plaque than with a regular manual toothbrush, but it’s also transportable, with no cords or wires to pack.
Before you buy, talk to your family dentist or the team at Oak Hills Dentistry to learn more about whether an electric toothbrush would be good for you, based on your personal dental history.