Manual vs. Electric Tooth Brushing


Which toothbrush is better for your teeth: manual or electric?

Everyone knows dental hygiene health is achieved from proper tooth brushing techniques. What confuses most people, however, is the type of brush they should incorporate into their dental hygiene habits. A manual and electric toothbrush have different sets of benefits, but also offer negative connotations as well, which leads to confusion. Which type of tooth brushing device is right for you?

Manual Tooth Brushing Benefits

  1. When implementing the proper technique, you will be able to thoroughly clean your teeth with a manual toothbrush. Manual toothbrushes remain at the forefront of dental hygiene.
  2. Manual toothbrushes allow for more customized options. From small heads for smaller mouths to soft bristles for those with sensitivity, you will be able to achieve proper tooth brushing techniques with a manual toothbrush. Also, the designs offered on some manual toothbrushes are a great starting point to establish proper dental hygiene with your child. Children are naturally drawn to colorful and friendly looking toothbrushes, and you will be able to establish proper dental oral hygiene at an early age.
  3. Manual toothbrushes are easily transported, as well as provide a cost effective option. Even if you don’t take your toothbrush on your trips, you can still find a replacement very easily on the road. Also, you won’t have to deal with batteries or charging your toothbrush.

Manual Tooth Brushing Negatives

  1. For those who have switched over to electric toothbrushes, the extra work required for a manual toothbrush is not appealing. Your electric toothbrush applies the exact amount of pressure and brushing techniques required for proper oral hygiene.
  2. Manual toothbrushes do not have timers, and you have to guess how long you have been brushing for.

Electric Tooth Brushing Positives

  1. Electric toothbrushes are very easy to use.
  2. Studies show that electric toothbrushes do a better job at removing plaque and gingivitis. With a combination of less work and better results, electric toothbrushes are very attractive.
  3. With built in timers, it is easier to know how long you have actually brushed your teeth for. Brushing for the right amount of time will help lead to proper oral hygiene.

Electric Tooth Brushing Negatives

  1. Electric toothbrushes are more expensive than a manual toothbrush. From battery replacements to the initial cost, the expenses associated with an electric toothbrush can add up quickly.
  2. Electric toothbrushes need to be charged and may require batteries.
  3. With all the accessories required for an electric toothbrush, it can be a hassle to transport it during your travels.

Whether you invest in an electric toothbrush or stick with a manual, it’s important to engage in techniques that will maintain your oral health.

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