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Which Is Better — a Manual Toothbrush or an Electric One?

October 16, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — drgupta @ 6:26 pm

boy with two toothbrushesEveryone loves their gadgets, whether it’s a wearable fitness tracker, the latest tablet, or a laptop that can do everything but make espresso. We also love to have gadgets in the bathroom. While you’re contemplating the marvels of an automatic toilet and a fancy showerhead, you might also give some thought to electric toothbrushes. Are they a waste of money, or are they actually better than manual brushes? Your dentist is here to compare a few features of traditional and electric toothbrushes.

How Effective Are They?

Your oral health should be the primary thing you consider when you’re choosing your toothbrush. We’re happy to say that both electric and manual toothbrushes can be effective at vanquishing plaque and preventing cavities.

However, an electric toothbrush may be better in some cases. For example, folks who have arthritis or other mobility problems may find it difficult to brush properly with a manual tool. Young kids might get bored with a traditional toothbrush. The fast strokes of an electric toothbrush make it possible to get a thorough clean in less time and with less effort. Many adults love high-tech toothbrushes simply because they’re fun to use and make your mouth feel great!

How Do the Prices Compare?

Electric brushes come with a higher price tag than manual ones; some high-end toothbrushes cost well over $100. Many people think the extra money is worth it because electric brushes deliver up to 30,000 strokes per minute — that’s a lot of cleaning power in a tiny gadget!

If you’re thinking about investing in a fancy toothbrush, do your research. Look at consumer reviews, and you may even want to call your preventive dentist in Temple to ask for advice.

How Portable Are They?

One of the best things about manual toothbrushes is their portability; they’re easy to pack up and take with you on vacation, even if you’re going camping in the middle of nowhere. With an electric brush, you may need to worry about finding a place to charge it. Electric brushes also tend to be a bit bulkier and more difficult to travel with.

Which Is Right for You?

The right toothbrush for you depends largely on your budget and your personal circumstances. If your dentist recommends that you use a specific tool to clean your teeth, listen to their suggestion. However, if the choice is left to you, consider all the factors involved before you settle on a decision. If you can find a good deal on an electric brush, why not give it a try?

Regardless of which type of brush you use, be sure to buy one that doesn’t have very hard bristles because these can damage your enamel. Also keep in mind that the way you use your brush is much more important than the brush itself. Always use good technique so your smile can stay healthy and gorgeous.

Electric or manual? The right answer is whichever type of toothbrush works best for you!

About Ace Dental

The team of dental professionals at Ace Dental is proud to care for the oral health of folks in central Texas. If you have questions about how to best take care of your smile, contact our Temple location at 254-742-1800.

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