Wondering which brush is better for you?
Electric and manual brushes are both effective in removing oral plaque that causes decay and diseases. However, they each have their own benefits.
The benefits of electric toothbrushes are that they rotate and vibrate to help you remove plaque and buildup from your teeth and gums. The vibration will allow for more micromovements every time you move the toothbrush across your teeth. Electric toothbrushes also do most of the work for you which can help anyone with limited mobility. They also have built-in times that can help you brush your teeth for long enough to remove plaque from teeth and gums. Another benefit would be that should not hurt your gums or enamel.
Some of the cons of electric toothbrushes are the prices. A good electric toothbrush can cost anywhere between $15 to $250 per brush and the replacement heads can cost $10 to $45. It is not always easy to find the replacement head, as well as most stores, do not have the correct brand. They are also not a good option when traveling and are less eco friendly then manual ones.
Manual toothbrushes have been around for a long time and while they don’t have many fancy functions as an electric they are still an effective tool for cleaning your teeth and preventing gingivitis. They are easily accessible and can be found in grocery stores, gas stations, or any pharmacy and can cost anywhere from $1 to $5. You can also bring them anywhere and they now have the option of being more eco friendly with the new bamboo brushes available.
Some cons about the manual toothbrush are that most people can brush too hard and this, in turn, can hurt your gums and teeth. Using a manual toothbrush may also cause you to either brush tooth long or tooth short. A possible solution for that, however, would be placing a timer so you brush for exactly 2 minutes.