Electric vs. Manual Toothbrush

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You’ve likely noticed that the oral hygiene aisle has changed at your local drugstore, featuring a wide range of fancy-looking electric toothbrushes and more. While many people have a hard time straying from their trusty manual toothbrush, the number of electric toothbrushes out there today make it a topic worth exploring. Brushing your teeth is an important part of everyday life and something we’ve all grown up doing. Most people brush twice a day without giving it much thought. If you’ve considered stepping up your toothbrush game and making the switch to electric, you’re not alone. We often field the question, “do electric toothbrushes really leave your teeth cleaner than manual ones?” Today we are going to dive a little deeper into that very subject with a little compare and contrast. If you have any questions, as always, please don’t hesitate to contact Cosmetic & Family Dentistry of Las Colinas.

Manual Toothbrush

There are numerous pros of manual toothbrushes, including:

  • Give you more control over how you brush your teeth
  • You can decide how fast and hard you want to brush your teeth, gums, and tongue
  • Often more comfortable for those with sensitivities in the mouth
  • More cost effective
  • Easy to travel with and store
  • Simple and no risk of something going wrong

Here are some of the cons of manual toothbrushes:

  • The user must have excellent brushing technique in order to thoroughly clean the teeth and mouth
  • People with motor challenges or arthritis may find manual toothbrushes more challenging
  • They do not have the same allure or appeal as electric brushes, making them less attractive for children
Electric Toothbrushes  

There are numerous pros to electric toothbrushes, including:

  • They are more enticing and fun to use
  • They save time and do a much more thorough job
  • A great option for those who have motor issues or do not have the dexterity to operate a manual toothbrush
  • They come in a range of prices, colors, and style

Here are some of the cons of electric toothbrushes:

  • Even the cheapest version is likely more than a manual toothbrush
  • The heads must be replaced on a regular basis
  • Many electric toothbrushes are bulky, making them hard to travel with
  • Some people find the vibrations of an electric toothbrush annoying

In the end, the type of toothbrush you choose is up to your personal preference, but it can’t hurt to test out a couple before you settle. If you have any additional questions about whether an electric toothbrush or manual toothbrush is better, please don’t hesitate to give Cosmetic & Family Dentistry of Las Colinas a call and schedule an appointment. Our experienced Irving family dentist is here to help you with all your oral hygiene needs, including picking out the right toothbrush.