At least four minutes of your life everyday are devoted to brushing your teeth. Not long at all, we know, but there’s still no reason why they shouldn’t be four very enjoyable minutes! The more you enjoy brushing your teeth the more likely you are to do a better job, and if you use a tool that you’re comfortably with the more likely you are to enjoy it. When it comes to buying a toothbrush which do you choose? We don’t mean color. The real debate lies in electric or manual. Are you using the right one? Is there a right one? Here are some things to consider when choosing between an electric or manual toothbrush!
Electric Toothbrush Benefits
The number of different types and styles of electric toothbrushes on the market today offer users endless combinations of possibilities, functions and features.
- If you’re someone who tends to cut their brushing time short, an electric toothbrush that has a timed setting (will turn off when finished) can be helpful in making sure you stay at it for the recommended two minutes!
- Electric toothbrushes offer numerous options to personalize your brushing to your teeth. They have sensitive settings and pressure sensors that can act to alert you when you’re brushing too hard and possibly damaging your enamel.
Manual Toothbrush Benefits
Just because they don’t have batteries and still require some work of you doesn’t mean manual toothbrushes are all bad! There are several benefits unique to manual brushes that you should consider before you decide which is best for you.
- A manual toothbrush is almost always going to be lighter and feel easier to maneuver inside your mouth. Because they don’t require any sort of battery or charger, their handles are often designed with ultimate comfort in mind.
- A manual toothbrush puts less pressure on your teeth and gums. This is because you are solely responsible for how fast, hard and rough you brush.
Electric Toothbrush Disadvantages
Not everything about an electric toothbrush is shiny and smooth working. Here are some of the downfalls you should consider before committing!
- Electric toothbrushes cost considerably more than regular toothbrushes. While you are, of course, investing in something intended for longer wear and use, you are still paying more than you would ever wind up paying for a year’s worth of disposable, manual toothbrushes.
- Despite the price and promise of longevity it’s still necessary for you to replace the actual head of an electric toothbrush as regularly as you would a manual (recommended 3 months). Because you’ve already invested so much it can be easy to think that a replacement is unnecessary and continue to use a brush head riddled with germs in bacteria.
- Kids who start off using an electric toothbrush are less likely to learn necessary techniques to brushing teeth effectively. Including amount of pressure to apply, what angle to approach the teeth etc.
Manual Toothbrush Disadvantages
There are some areas that the manual toothbrush falls short where the electric toothbrush sounds like a better fit!
- Manual toothbrushes do generally not last as long as electric toothbrushes.
- If you absolutely dread the work that comes with brushing your teeth manually then you could benefit from use of an electric one.
- If you are experiencing arthritis or any sort of other pain in your hand, you could find gripping and using an electric toothbrush easier.
Dr. Arzegar of the Lifetime Smiles stresses the importance of proper brushing technique above all else!