Your toothbrush is your first line of defense against harmful bacteria and decay. With so many types of toothbrushes on the market, you may be unsure which one is right for you. The biggest debate around toothbrush selection is whether a powered or electric toothbrush is more efficient at cleaning our teeth than a traditional manual toothbrush. To address this debate, we’ll explore the pros and cons of electric toothbrushes so you can make an informed decision on which type of toothbrush is best for you!
Functionality: Depending on your wants or needs, there are a variety of functionalities and design options available for electric compared to manual toothbrushes. Some models have brushing timers built into the toothbrush itself. This feature helps you track how long you’ve been brushing so you can ensure you’re brushing for a minimum of two minutes each time.
Gum protection: Some electric toothbrushes have pressure sensors that inform you if you’re brushing too hard to help reduce the chance of possibly damaging the gum line. Brushing too hard or brushing continuously scrubbing in the horizontal position can cause your gums to bleed and tooth abrasion. Vigorous brushing can also wear down the lifespan of your brush head.
Ease-of-use: Manual toothbrushes require the user to continually use a circular scrubbing motion when cleaning around their mouth. With an electric toothbrush, much of the work is done by the brush itself. Many electric toothbrushes on the market have brush settings that allows you to adjust the speed and spin style to optimize your brushing experience.
Cost: An electric toothbrush may be considered a luxury item for some households. Thus, a manual brush can be more economical option for larger families. Traditional manual toothbrushes are relatively inexpensive and can be found at many stores across the country.
Reliability: The manual toothbrush is a proven way to remove plaque with no brush maintenance required. Electric brushes must be charged, have batteries replaced or require other subtle forms of maintenance. If a motorized part stops working or the battery dies, all you are left with is an expensive manual toothbrush. Dropping it or damaging it in some way may leave you having to purchase a new one, as they are not easily repaired.
Traveling: Electric models can be big and bulky. Having to pack them plus their charging station can be an inconvenience. There is also the issue of keeping up with extra brush heads along with your other brushing essentials such as toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash.
The medical community has not reached a definitive answer on whether electric toothbrushes are more effective than manual brushes at cleaning your pearly whites. What’s agreed upon is the importance is the frequency that you brush and incorporating good brushing techniques into your daily routine.
At Tendercare Dental, we believe that keeping a stellar oral hygiene routine will ensure that your mouth remains healthy, regardless of the type of brush that you use. A regular brushing and flossing routine will go a long way in protecting your teeth, regardless of whether your toothbrush is battery operated or not. For more information on selecting the right toothbrush for you, schedule your next dental appointment with us!