Manual vs. Electric: Which Toothbrush is Right for Me?
Toothbrushes can cost anywhere from $1 for a standard manual style to several hundred dollars for the most sophisticated electric or ultrasonic one. So, which is best — the cheap manual toothbrush or the pricey electric one? Would you be surprised to learn that they both do the same job?
When it comes to proper oral health, neither works better than the other, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). As a matter of fact, research indicates that it is not the brush that counts, it is the brusher.
Manual Toothbrushes Do a Good Job
If you listened to all of the advertisements surrounding modern-day electric toothbrushes, you’d think that the old manual style didn't work. Nothing is further from the truth. Basic manual style toothbrushes do an excellent job of removing plaque and bacteria from teeth. The trick is using them properly. With the right brushing technique, a manual style toothbrush works fine. Of course, choosing one isn’t always easy. To make your job at finding a quality toothbrush easier, follow these basic tips:
Find one that fits your mouth. It should be big enough to reach all of your teeth, but not so big that it overtakes your mouth or gags you.
Choose a soft-bristle brush. Contrary to popular belief, hard bristles don’t clean better. These brushes can damage tender gum tissue. Researchers at the ADA have found that soft bristle brushes work best by stripping away bacteria and plaque without damaging the gums.
Consider the shape. Most dental professionals recommend a multi-level or angled head toothbrush since they can reach more areas in the mouth.
Comfort is key. With so many toothbrush styles on the market, you may be tempted to pick one that appears to work better even though it is uncomfortable to use. This can be a big mistake! Pick a toothbrush that fits your mouth and hand comfortably and is easy to use.
Electric Toothbrushes Offer More Choices
Some people find brushing their teeth difficult. If you have severe arthritis or some other manual dexterity issue, holding a manual brush for two minutes can become a real chore. That’s when an electric toothbrush can come in handy.
Offering an alternative to manual brushing, electric toothbrushes can make brushing easier and more fun. Children especially like the look and feel of the electric model, which may entice them to brush longer. Plus, electric versions can sometimes reach areas of the mouth the brusher is unable to reach using manual style brush.
With so many electric versions on the market, how do you choose the one that right for you? Here are a few tips:
Brushing style. Do you prefer a side to side brushing style or a circular one? Maybe a counter oscillation or rotation oscillation works best for you. Try a few to see which one you like the most.
Speed. Different brushes work at different speeds. Some people prefer a slower speed while others don’t mind the vibrations and feel of a faster one.
Price. Electric toothbrushes can be pricey, so consider the cost of the initial unit along with the cost of replacements heads when deciding which one to sue.
Ask Your Dentist for Help
Can’t decide which toothbrush is right for you? Ask your dentist for help. The professional staff at Sixth Street Dental Aesthetics are always available to help you figure out which brand and style toothbrush will work best considering your personal oral health needs. Call today for a consultation.