While at the drugstore, you’ve probably noticed the abundance of toothbrush models that have popped up in the past couple of years. With all the different colors, styles and added features, it’s hard to just grab one and go. While looking at all the different types, have you found yourself asking, “Is it better to use an electric toothbrush or a manual one?” You are not alone! We’ve put together the pros and cons of each so you can choose the best one for you.
It probably comes as no surprise that an electric toothbrush can get all around your mouth and clean your teeth better overall compared to a manual. This is largely due to the spinning brushead. Most electric toothbrushes even come with timers and pressure sensors so that you never have to worry about brushing long enough or too hard ever again. You should be brushing your teeth twice a day for about two minutes each time. Electric toothbrushes will beep once you’ve hit the two minute mark. The head will also slow or shut down if you are applying too much pressure. This feature is beneficial because too much pressure can cause gum recession and loss in enamel.
With all of these added features, it should come as no surprise that electric toothbrushes are indeed more expensive than manual ones, with some costing over $100. Do your research before purchasing one to make sure you’re not paying for unnecessary features that you won’t use. Consider your lifestyle as well. If you travel a lot, dealing with an electric toothbrush may just be too much of a hassle, especially if it requires charging.
If you don’t feel like splurging on an electric toothbrush or simply just don’t like the feeling, using a manual toothbrush will do the job if you pay attention to what you are doing. Make sure you aren’t applying too much pressure. Bleeding gums can be a sign you need to lighten up. You also need to time yourself so you are brushing for a full two minutes. While it may seem like you’re brushing for long enough, most people only brush for about 30-60 seconds. Although they may have less features, manual toothbrushes are certainly more convenient and are much easier to travel with, replace and store.
If you’re still going back and forth about whether or not an electric toothbrush or manual is better, why not ask the expert himself–your dentist?! Royal Oak dentist, Dr. Larry Duffield, is here to answer all of your questions regarding which toothbrush is best for you. Call 248-541-1388 today to schedule an appointment and keep your smile beautiful for years to come!
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