Toothbrush: electric or manual?
One of the most common questions that come to mind when it comes to tooth brushing
is, which one is better-powered toothbrush or manual.
Brushing is one of the most important steps in your dental hygiene routine, it is advised
to brush twice a day for 2 minutes and change your toothbrush every 3 months.
Both power and manual toothbrushes are effective at removing oral plaque that causes
decay and disease. Power and manual toothbrushes each have their own benefits and
any toothbrush, that’s proven safe and effective can be used.
Benefits of a manual toothbrush
- One of the main benefits of the manual toothbrush is that they are easily
- Manual toothbrushes are cost-effective, making them much easier to replace.
- Can help people feel they have more control when brushing their teeth.
Cons of a manual toothbrush
- Difficult to estimate the brushing time without a clock or stopwatch.
- People are likely to brush too hard. Brushing too hard can hurt your gums and teeth.
- Difficult for kids and people with arthritis or other conditions that lead to limited
Benefits of an electric toothbrush
- Electric toothbrush bristles vibrate or rotate to help you remove plaque buildup
from your teeth and gums, very helpful for people with arthritis or other conditions
that lead to limited dexterity.
- Built-in timers help ensure you brush each section of your mouth for the right
amount of time
- Come with variable speeds to help reduce pressure on sensitive teeth.
- Easy to use and fun for kids.
- Those who have dental appliances, like braces, may find a powered toothbrush
easier to use
Cons of an electric toothbrush
- Not cost-effective
- Not easily available
Both electric and manual toothbrushes are effective at cleaning teeth if you practice
proper technique and brush long enough. The key is to brush and floss every day,
regardless of the kind of brush you prefer.
With both electric and manual toothbrushes, you should look to change your toothbrush
or brush head every three months. If you’re currently undergoing orthodontic treatment,
you’ll need to change your toothbrush more regularly, around every six to eight weeks.
Talk to us if you have doubts about which toothbrush might be best for you.