Walking down the toothbrush aisle at the store can be a bit overwhelming. All the brands, bristle types, and colors. Throw in deciding between manual and electric on top of that and now you have even more choices to make! You’ve probably wondered if investing in an electric toothbrush is worth it. We’ve broken down the pros and cons of traditional and electric toothbrushes to help you make your decision.
Electric Brush: Pros & Cons
Electric toothbrushes provide brushing power that you just can’t get using a manual brush. They are particularly beneficial for people with conditions like arthritis brush more thoroughly. The bristles of electric brushes tend to be less abrasive, too, so the cleaning they provide is gentler. Some versions have a built-in timer to ensure that you brush for the recommended two minutes each time. Electric toothbrushes – especially ones with timers – are great for kids who find brushing to be a bit difficult.
As far as price goes, though, electric brushes are more expensive than a manual brush. On top of buying the main unit, you’ll need to purchase replacement heads regularly. These also come at a higher price than a replacement manual brush would.
Manual Brush: Pros & Cons
In addition to being more budget-friendly, there are simply a much larger variety of manual brushes on the market. You can choose from a wide range of colors, there are small travel versions available, and you can choose how tough your bristles are. Most dentists recommend a soft bristle, but there are some patients who would benefit from tougher bristles. Going back to the travel sizes, it’s also just easier to take a manual brush on trips. Put it in a case and you’re good to go. There is no need to pack up extra accessories.
There are, of course, downsides to using a manual brush. The most obvious one is that you simply have to work harder with a manual toothbrush. The brush doesn’t do the work for you. And you need to make sure you have proper technique so to ensure you’re getting your pearly whites as clean as possible.
What’s the Verdict?
When it comes right down to it, your preference should be your guide. If your budget allows for it and you prefer to do a little less work, then go with an electric. If you want to stick with old faithful, pick out your favorite color toothbrush and be on your way. Both types clean just as well so long as you’re using proper technique.
If you’re still unsure about which brush is right for you, talk to our team about it at your next appointment. We’ll be happy to go over your options and help you make the right choice for your dental needs. Contact us today to schedule!