Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is one of the keys to good oral health. That’s not news. Does using an electric toothbrush make a difference in your ability to clean your teeth? The ads for new models with extra features, multiple modes and special brush heads would have you believe so. However, many studies have been conducted with findings that make the answer unclear. Ultimately, both types of toothbrushes, when used properly, will clean the plaque from your teeth to help prevent cavities and gingivitis. Here are some of the considerations to take into account when deciding which one is the best option for you. 

Electric Toothbrushes are Easier to Use

People with arthritis or other mobility issues can have trouble gripping and moving a manual toothbrush well enough to use it properly. Electric toothbrushes don’t require the same amount of movement and are therefore easier to manage. Kids often like using electric or battery-powered toothbrushes because there is less work involved, and the smaller brush heads make it easier to reach all their little teeth. 

Manual Toothbrushes are More Cost-Effective

While the cost and availability of electric toothbrushes have made them more mainstream in the past several years, manual toothbrushes typically only cost a few dollars each. Battery-powered electric toothbrushes can be double the price or more. A rechargeable electric toothbrush can cost 5-10x more, not including the replacement heads. So if you don’t have a problem using a manual brush, and the cost is a concern, stick with manual. 

Electric Cleans Braces Better

For people who have braces or other dental appliances, an electric toothbrush can help clean more effectively in small spaces and around the gums—toothbrushes with an oscillating action work particularly well in this case. 

Which One is Better for Your Teeth Gums?

If you use it correctly—gently holding the brush over each tooth surface for a few seconds, the round brush head and rotating motion of an electric toothbrush can do a better job of cleaning plaque away from the gumline. Manual toothbrushes can also be effective. However, taking your time and using the proper technique is necessary.  

Replacement Time

The brush heads of electric toothbrushes wear out just the same as manual ones. Replace your brush head or manual toothbrush every three months to ensure that the bristles are in good shape. Thoroughly rinse your brush and let it dry when not in use, and be sure to store your toothbrush in a place that is out of the way of the toilet, which can generate aerosols containing bacteria. 

The decision of whether you use an electric or manual toothbrush really comes down to personal preference. Proper and consistent use of either type of brush combined with flossing and regular visits to the dentist will ensure good oral health. Book your next appointment with us. We hope to see you soon! 


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