As time goes by, more and more people are purchasing electric toothbrushes. However, there are still those who remain faithful to their manual brushes. In this entry we will breakdown the advantages and disadvantages of each and let you decide for yourself which method will work best for you.
Before diving in, here are a few things to consider. How often do you brush? How long do you brush? Do you think about every surface you are brushing to make sure you have your whole mouth covered? How often do you visit the dentist? If you’re not confident with your answers to the above questions, these habits must be fixed before any comparison can be made between manual and electric toothbrushes.
Ok, now ask yourself if your current method is working. How often do you have cavities? Does your mouth feel clean after you brush? Do you enjoy brushing? By asking yourself these questions, you may determine that your current method may not be best for you, even before beginning our comparison. If you don’t like your answers to these questions, it never hurts to try something new!
Electric Toothbrush vs. Manual Toothbrush:
A thorough, good job can be done with both a manual toothbrush and an electric toothbrush. However, the electric toothbrush is much more efficient, meaning you can get a good job done in much less time. An electric toothbrush may oscillate or vibrate at a rate between 6,000 and 30,000 strokes per minute. This makes it easier to cover all tooth surfaces more quickly.
Another advantage to the electric toothbrush is that it is more enjoyable to use. Especially if you are struggling to get your children to brush. Children are much more inclined to brush their teeth if they have a fun electric toothbrush instead of a “gross, boring, manual one.” They are also much more likely to get their teeth clean as children typically don’t have a long enough attention span to do a good job with a manual brush.
The seemingly clear advantage to using a manual brush is the price. While it’s true that the initial investment can be a bit costly, replacement heads are actually very affordable. For example, on Amazon you can get 16 Oral B Electric Toothbrush Replacement Heads for $26.99, or, about $1.68 per toothbrush head. And the electric brush itself lasts for a LONG time. I’ve had my Oral B Electric toothbrush for about 6 years and it’s still going strong, with no signs of slowing.
Going Electric? How to choose Sonicare Vs. Oral B (Reviews and Products)
To be brief, both brushes do an excellent job. If you click on the above link, you will be directed to several listings of many different electric toothbrushes where you will be able to compare the product specifications along with reviews left by people who have tried all kinds of different kinds of brushes. You can also check out our Sonicare Vs. Oral B page.
The Bottom Line
Personally, I use both an Oral B Electric toothbrush and a manual toothbrush. I have not seen any research put out regarding this technique, but it makes sense to me that by using two different styles of brushing, I will remove more plaque and buildup from my teeth as each method works a little differently. My oral health has been proof enough for me that this is the best method to go with!
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