Electric Vs. Manual Toothbrushes

medium_electric-vs-manual-toothbrushesWe can all agree that brushing your teeth several times daily is vital for your at-home oral care routine. But with so many options available today for toothbrushes, it can be hard to decide which brush is right for you and your family. Both electric and manual toothbrushes offer benefits, so getting all the information about each of these tools is the best way to decide what will be best for you, and of course your dentist can help you make the decision as well!

Manual Toothbrushes

Manual brushes are of course the option we are all familiar with. One of the benefits of a manual brush is the wide array of options you have. You can choose softer bristles if you have more sensitive gums, a smaller brush head if you have a smaller mouth, and many different handle options for your comfort. Traditional brushes are easy to travel with since you don’t have to worry about a charger or batteries along the way. Another huge benefit of this option is that it’s cheaper, and if you’re keeping up with your regular dental cleanings, you probably get brushes for free each time you visit.

The major cons of a manual brush are that it is more work, since you don’t have the motor to move the brush for you, and that there is not a timing option. Electric brushes often simply turn off automatically once you’ve brushed for the recommended amount of time.

Electric Toothbrushes

Electric toothbrushes are very easy to use. You can simply hold the brush, and push the button, and let the brush do the rest of the work for you. Since they often include a timed feature, you can be sure that you are brushing for the right amount of time, every time. Many studies have also found that electric brushes actually tend to clean teeth better than manual brushes, making it a more effective option for many people. Since oral health is so vital to your overall health, ensuring that you get a great clean everyday with brushing is very important.

On the con side, electric brushes are much more expensive, both with the initial investment, and for replacement brush heads. You also have to be sure that you always keep your electric brush charged, or keep batteries around to ensure that it works properly. This option can often be breakable as well, so it’s important to be careful not to drop your brush on the floor.

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If you have any questions, or if you’d like to schedule your cleaning with our dentist, give us a call today for more information! We look forward to helping you get the smile you’ve always wanted, and to helping you stay healthy!