Electric vs. Manual Brushes
Our practices love learning about the ins and outs of tooth care, and that includes the products we use. We enjoy being able to give the best recommendations for toothbrushes, mouthwashes, and other dental products to improve our oral health. Although there is no real preference as to which toothbrush is better, both manual and electric toothbrushes have their benefits in dentistry. Our professional opinion comes from giving our patients a tailored dental experience with our practice, meaning that we will recommend toothbrushes according to our patient’s needs.
Both electric and manual toothbrushes offer many advantages, but both operate differently and have different cleaning effects. For patients wishing to understand which toothbrush they should use, we’ve outlined their benefits and disadvantages.
The Benefits and Disadvantages of Manual Toothbrushes
Manual toothbrushes tend to have more variety in their tooth bristles and are considered more affordable and thus have a higher reach out to audiences. Manual toothbrushes can appeal to people of all ages and come in a wider range of designs to effectively clean and remove plaque. However, manual brushes may not be able to clean teeth as effectively because of the manual action needed to clean teeth. For people who regularly brush their teeth, toothbrushing sessions need to take at least two minutes and reach both the front and back teeth. Sometimes, depending on the person’s mouth structure, effectively cleaning teeth can be challenging, especially if the wisdom teeth are still present.
The Benefits and Disadvantages of Electric Toothbrushes
Electric toothbrushes can help those with disabilities and mouth conditions brush their teeth without consecutive effort. Electric toothbrushes tend to be more engaging, especially for children still learning how to brush their teeth in their early years. It can even remove plaque more effectively depending on the voltage of the battery and motions the toothbrush enacts. However, electric toothbrushes tend to be more expensive due to the mechanics involved, lack variety in their bristles, and have a higher chance of damaging the gum line due to the bristles’ automated motion.
Common Questions about Manual vs. Electric Toothbrushes
What should I look for in my brushing results?
What matters most in these cases is that your toothbrush produces reliable results, where plaque and food particles can be removed, and the teeth can be cleaned. You should be able to reach your back molars, be soft enough not to hurt the gums, but tough enough to remove sticky plaque from teeth.
How often should I change my toothbrush?
Toothbrushes and toothbrush heads need to be changed once every two to three months because the bristles can wear down over time from daily use.
What should I look for in my toothbrush?
Look for a toothbrush that works for you. Dental marketing has created numerous amounts of products to choose from for dental care, so whether you need softer bristles, a more electric functioning toothbrush, or a specifically designed toothbrush all depends on your needs.
If you would like consulting on which toothbrush would work best for you and would like a dental checkup in the meantime, please contact Dr. Hofer and his team at Scarsdale Dental Team to make an appointment.