Electric Toothbrushes vs. Manual Toothbrushes

Starting in the late 90s, the electric toothbrush became a popular tool for people who wanted to properly yet effortlessly clean their teeth. These days, there are dozens of electric toothbrushes on the market. But conventional, manual toothbrushes have stuck around, with many people preferring them over electric ones.

Whether you are considering switching to an electric toothbrush or are simply curious as to whether they work better than conventional toothbrushes, keep reading to find out what happened when we compared the two.

Whichever toothbrush you use, you also need professional dental cleanings and exams. Call 479-668-3109 to make your next appointment at Dallas Street Dental in Fort Smith, AR.

Manual Toothbrush

There are several benefits of using a manual toothbrush. With a manual toothbrush, you can thoroughly clean your teeth using a proper brushing technique. By brushing for only two minutes, twice a day, you can keep your teeth clean and healthy.

There are many styles of toothbrushes available, with different bristles, heads, colors, and handles to choose from. There are soft-bristled toothbrushes for people with sensitive teeth and toothbrushes with fun designs for children.

Manual toothbrushes are also easy to travel with. All you need is your toothbrush and a case to carry it in. There is no need for batteries or a charging outlet. That’s another bonus to using a manual toothbrush: no batteries or charging required.

Manual toothbrushes are also inexpensive. In most cases, you get a free one when you come in for your regular checkup at the dentist. Just remember to replace your toothbrush after about three months of use.

The only downside to using a manual toothbrush is that it requires more work. You have to manually brush your teeth and do so properly to make sure your teeth are cleaned

Electric Toothbrush

There are also numerous benefits to using an electric toothbrush. One of the biggest advantages of using an electric toothbrush instead of a manual one is that it is easy to use. An electric toothbrush does all the work for you. Just place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and move it around to make sure it cleans all your teeth.

Several studies have shown that electric toothbrushes do a better job of removing plaque and gingivitis than manual toothbrushes.

Many electric toothbrushes also have a built-in timer that stops the toothbrush after two minutes, so you can be sure you are brushing for the right amount of time.

Despite all this, there are some disadvantages to using an electric toothbrush. For one, you have to charge it or replace its batteries for it to work. Electric toothbrushes also cost more than manual toothbrushes and they’re not as easy to travel with because they are bigger and require a charger. You also have to be more careful with an electric toothbrush because dropping it could mean breaking it.

What Is the Best Kind of Toothbrush?

It’s important to note that both kinds of toothbrushes have their advantages and disadvantages. And while an electric toothbrush may be better able to remove plaque gingivitis, you can still maintain good oral health with a manual toothbrush. As long as you practice good dental habits, it comes down to whichever option fits your lifestyle best.

To request your next dental cleaning or for more information on our go-to toothbrushes, call Dallas Street Dental at 479-668-3109. You also can contact us online.