Are electric toothbrushes better than a regular toothbrush?

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Which toothbrush is better, a manual or electric toothbrush?

There are many great debates, so let’s have a go at a popular dental debate… are electric toothbrushes better than a manual toothbrush. We’ll discuss some pro’s and con’s and let the chips fall where they may.

There are many types of toothbrushes

Just walk into any drugstore, grocery store, or Wal-Mart and on the designated toothbrush aisle, you’ll find a wide variety of toothbrush options. You’ll find fat brushes, skinny brushes, colorful brushes, and themed toothbrushes. Some brushes have angled heads, while others are straight. Some have rough bristles, while others have soft bristles. Not only that but you get to choose your favorite color or design too. And this is just for regular manual toothbrushes.

Then you’ll probably see a variety of electric toothbrushes like ones from Oral B or Sonicare. Oral B style brushes use a round brush head that rotates, while Sonicare style brushes have a more traditional shape head that vibrates during use. There are also choices for size, color, brand, and features. Needless to say, there are a lot of choices when it comes to toothbrushes.

How to properly use a toothbrush

The most important part of having a toothbrush is to use it correctly. For manual toothbrushes, dentists recommend a gentle back and forth motion across all areas of the mouth to allow the bristles to remove food particles or plaque along the gum line and teeth. Though, it’s important not to brush too hard or stay in the same place for too long as it could damage the tooth’s enamel.

With electric brushes, the toothbrush will actually do most of the hard work for you. It’s just a matter of moving the brush head around the mouth to allow all the teeth and gums to be brushed. The main advantage is that electric brushes can sometimes do a better job of getting smaller particles and plaque off the teeth.

Dentists can make the choice of a toothbrush confusing

An interesting thing to note is that most dental offices use a type of electric toothbrush when they perform routine cleanings and exams. You’re probably familiar with the sound of the round brush head swirling in your mouth, and the clean feeling of your teeth afterwards.

However, most dentist’s then give out a regular toothbrush as a gift after your exam. They usually give you a nice goody bad with a new manual toothbrush, floss, and mouth rinse to take home. So it seems there’s not a decisive vote with most dental offices, as they want to have it both ways. But it never hurts to ask your dentist their opinion regarding the best toothbrush for you.

The right toothbrush for you

While there are many pro’s and con’s to regular toothbrushes versus electric toothbrushes, it really comes down to your personal preference. Some people prefer the convenience of a manual brush, especially for those that travel and don’t want to worry about charging brushes. Plus manual brushes are cheaper than electric brushes. But there are others that prefer the power and convenience of an electric toothbrush to do more of the brushing and believe that electric brushes give a cleaner mouth. So it’s really up to you to choose the best type of brush for you.

Regardless of which type of toothbrush you prefer, the main thing is that you brush your teeth daily. Any dentist will concur that this is the most important choice to make. So whatever side of the fence you fall on, be sure to keep those teeth clean.


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