Manual or Electric Toothbrush?

Manual or Electric Toothbrush

Manual or Electric toothbrush

Brushing your teeth twice a day with soft toothbrush is really important to keep them clean and cavity free. Question is which toothbrush is better for you? Choosing a toothbrush largely depends on personal preference. If you are stuck choosing between the two, remember it is more important to use a toothbrush that helps you brush correctly – whether that means the convenience of electric or the reliability of manual.

To help you understand the difference between these two types of toothbrushes, here are some pros and cons of both type of toothbrushes:

You have two options:

  1. Electric toothbrush
  2. Manual toothbrush

PROS of Manual Toothbrushes

  • More control
  • Affordable
  • Adjustable pressure
  • Available from almost every store
  • Easy to replace if damaged or lost

CONS of Manual Toothbrushes

  • Easy to use incorrectly
  • Can be problematic for people with limited mobility
  • Don’t Know when brushing enough is enough
  • No built-in timer

The biggest advantage of handheld toothbrush is control and pressure especially if you have sensitive teeth. You can control how softly or slowly you want to brush your teeth. Manual toothbrushes are widely available in a variety of colours, sizes and bristle types. You can easily choose a toothbrush according to your needs. Unfortunately, the biggest disadvantage of manual toothbrushes is people either brush too hard or they don’t brush long enough. Manual brushes require more effort than electric toothbrushes.

Electric toothbrush has been around since the late 1930s, though they were only made available to public several decades later. Modern electric toothbrushes are available with different functions and a timer to track your brushing time and technique.

PROS of Electric Toothbrushes

  • Easier to use for kids, adults and old people
  • Comes with different settings and functions for individual needs
  • Timer
  • Convenient
  • More effective in removing plaque
  • Helps people with limited mobility (arthritis)
  • Fun for kids and adults

CONS of Electric Toothbrushes

  • Expensive
  • Can be too harsh or too strong on sensitive teeth
  • Finding replacement heads can be difficult
  • Require charging or batteries

Electric toothbrushes are convenient when it comes to brushing your teeth correctly. They do most of the work for you and are more effective in removing plaque than a manual toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes come with many features like timer, gum care, pro clean, sensitive teeth setting etc. All these features help you brush your teeth more thoroughly. Electric toothbrushes are much more expensive than manual toothbrushes.

Which one is better?

When it comes to choosing a toothbrush, it all comes down to what you prefer or need, how much money you want to spend and what is convenient for you? If you are after something that is easy to use and does most of the work for you, electric toothbrush is the better option. Manual toothbrushes are your choice is you want more control over brushing your teeth, you have sensitive teeth and you don’t want to spend a much on a toothbrush.

How to brush is more important than with what to brush?

It is really important to pay attention to your brushing techniques, brush bristle and timing. You need to brush twice a day using a soft toothbrush with gentle circular motions cleaning all tooth surfaces.

Not sure about which toothbrush is right for you, contact us on 38783384 to book your appointment with Dr Singh.

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