There’s a lot of speculation about whether manual or electronic toothbrushes are better for you. The people with manual ones will tell you we’ve been using them for centuries and are doing just fine. The people with electronic toothbrushes will tell you that you’re missing out…big time. So are manual or electric toothbrushes better?
Who should you believe?
We thought we’d break down what you should look for when you look for a new toothbrush and whether manual or electronic toothbrushes are right for you.
A Note on Electric Toothbrushes
If we dig down to the basics, there’s one thing we know to be true about electric toothbrushes. They chip away plaque like no one’s business, and that’s why they’re so helpful. Studies have shown that brushes that work in oscillation remove more plaque and reduce gingivitis more effectively than manual brushes.
Plus with their oscillating or vibrating toothbrush heads, they do more work for you. This means you just move the brush back and forth in your mouth, and the brush does the work for you.
So then you think, well gosh, how often do I have to replace my electric toothbrush head? We’d suggest at least once every quarter. If you can get an electric toothbrush that has a UV Toothbrush Sanitizer, that’s even more helpful, because you can get rid of bacterial buildup that attacks your toothbrush.
All in all, if you’re wondering if manual or electric toothbrushes better, we have a complicated answer:
The biggest point we want to make is oral hygiene, no matter whether you use manual or electric toothbrushes, is extremely important. We just want you to brush your teeth 2-3 times a day for 2-3 minutes each time, with whatever toothbrush you want to use.
Electric toothbrushes (if we’re getting technical here) are better, because they’re doing more work than the average human does when brushing teeth. However, we realize they aren’t in everyone’s budget. If you have the bandwidth, we’d suggest getting one. They’re helpful for your long-term dental health. If you’re interested in getting one, we have some suggestions for you and would love to talk to you more about it. Just pop in for an appointment or contact us below.
Whether your questions are big like “What do I do about this tooth that’s decaying?” or simple like “Are manual or electric toothbrushes better?” we are here to answer them ALL.
We are a centrally located Columbus family dentist office that would love to meet you and help you stay on track with your oral health. If you’re a little nervous about coming back to the dentist and would rather hide under a rock, we get it. It’