One of the frequent questions we get at Masters Dental is whether or not to use a normal manual toothbrush or to switch to an electric one. Do you need to use one over the other? Is there really a difference?
The goal of this post is to answer all of those questions and more, but the simple quick answer is that the most important part of having good oral hygiene is not what tooth brush you use, bu that you use a tooth brush and brush your teeth. It is really that simple. Nevertheless, it is important to consider the positives and negatives of both manual and electric toothbrushes.
Let’s start with manual toothbrushes. First off, manual tooth brushes are much less expensive, as they are often free when you go to the dentist. Additionally, they are easier to deal with. You can easily have more than one, which makes travel easy. There are no annoying batteries or charging platforms. Finally, there is a wide variety of manual tooth brushes out there to choose between.
On the other hand, manual tooth brushes require more work from you to clean your teeth effectively, and even if you do clean them effectively, manual tooth brushes are not the most efficient. It may take you some time to do, and you don’t have a timer the way you do with a electric toothbrush.
Now, let us consider the electric tooth brushes. Keep in mind there are two types of electric toothbrushes, oscillating and sonic. Oscillating toothbrushes have small tooth brush head that move quickly in one direction and then another. Sonic, on the other hand, vibrate using a typical tooth brush head, that is less round than a oscillating toothbrush head. Which ever one you pick, there are some positives and negatives to consider.
To start off, electric toothbrushes are fun and practical. Often parents choose electric toothbrushes for their kids because it encourages them to brush their teeth, but also if you have arthritis or other conditions that limit your movement, electric toothbrushes can reduce strain on you. Another benefit is these toothbrushes have timers that tell you how long to brush for at t given time. Finally, the official research does show that electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque, and thus they are more effective at preventing periodontal disease.
The electric toothbrush is not without its cons though. It is expensive upfront, and then you need to continue to buy replacement heads. Plus, like everything else, it can break causing you to need to buy a whole new one! You also have to charge it, which will make it more challenging and annoying to travel with. Also, there are far less options in terms of electric toothbrushes than there are for manual toothbrushes.
In summary, choosing an electric toothbrush has some serious benefits, but it also has its drawbacks. Consider both your oral health and your lifestyle and then make the best decision for you!