Electric Toothbrush versus Manual Toothbrush

Many of our patients ask if an electric toothbrush is worth it and as good as a manual toothbrush. Both can be effective, but the real key to preventing tooth decay comes from how the toothbrush, either electric or manual is used. If you spend your time at being thorough with your brushing and flossing, manual toothbrushes are great, however, in this ever-changing, fast-paced world, people do not spend enough time brushing their teeth. Powered devices can help people who have trouble taking the time or moving their brushes around all the teeth surfaces. We have listed a few pros and cons to help you decide which one may be better for you.
Manual Toothbrush
Pros
– With proper brushing techniques, thoroughly clean teeth
– Multiple styles, bristels, heads and colors to choose from
– Easy to travel with
– No batteries or charging
– Inexpensive, and free at our office when you come in for your cleaning
Cons
– More work
– No timer – spend less time brushing

Electric Toothbrush
Pros
– Easy to use
– Less work for better results
– More fun for children to use and they will brush more
– Built in timer – makes sure you brush 2 minutes or more
Cons
– Charging
– Cost
– Not as easy to travel with
– Easy to break

There have been numerous studies that prove electric toothbrushes remove significantly more plaque compared to manual brushes and are better at preventing gum disease, however as long as you are diligent and consistent, either toothbrush can help your oral health.

Feel free to talk to our hygienists at your next dental visit and they can help answer any questions as to which toothbrush could be right for you. Happy Brushing!