Manual vs Electric Toothbrush: Which One Is Better?

Manual vs Electric Toothbrush: Which One Is Better?

Is it Better to use an Electric Toothbrush or a Manual Toothbrush

At some point in life, most people wonder, which is more effective: an electric toothbrush or a manual one? This is a great question, considering the fact that we all want to protect our teeth by only purchasing the best products available, while considering price points.

Everyone knows that nearly all manual toothbrushes are less expensive than electric ones, unless you insist on having a manual titanium toothbrush. In that case, this toothbrush retails for $4200, if you can believe that!. 

Another thought is that it doesn’t matter which toothbrush you use, as long as you appropriately and effectively brush your teeth twice a day. Either way, at All Smiles by Design, we believe the following should be considered when it comes to deciding whether an electric or manual toothbrush works best for you.  

Electric Toothbrush Benefits

A 2014 Consumer Reports article reported that one research organization, Cochrane, found that of the 56 people studied, electric toothbrushes:

  • reduced plaque by 21 percent more than a manual toothbrush
  • reduced gingivitis by 11 percent more than a manual toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes also improved brushing for those with special needs, as in:

  • dexterity issues
  • arthritis
  • carpal tunnel

Electric Toothbrush Cons

On the other hand, electric toothbrushes are:

  • more expensive
  • require more maintenance, particularly when it comes to toothbrush head replacements
  • less eco-friendly because of the use of batteries or electricity

Manual Toothbrush Benefits

Manual toothbrushes have their own positive points, as in

  • affordable
  • low maintenance
  • effective when it comes to plaque removal
  • easier to find
  • more eco-friendly

Manual Toothbrush Cons

With a manual toothbrush, some of the negative aspects include:

  • must create manual rotations and pressure
  • must keep an eye on clock
  • relies more on good brushing technique
  • must be replaced every three month

Electric Toothbrushes for Kids

Dr. Terrie Tran believes electric toothbrushes are a great investment for a child learning to establish healthy oral hygiene habits. Following is a list of a few electric toothbrushes we believe are helpful:

Brush BabySonic – the brush head lights up to entertain while the soft bristles clean.

Philips Sonicare For Kids – has a timer, fun stickers and 500 brush strokes per second. 

Oral-B Pro-Health Stages – with a rotating power head, extra soft bristles and an ergonomic handle, this one is easy for kids to use.

Types of Electric Toothbrushes

When it comes to electric toothbrushes, these are some of the best we’ve found:

Philips Sonicare Diamond Care Classic – removes up to seven times the plaque, improves gum health with five different head brush settings.

Foreo ISSA 2 Toothbrush pulsing silicone brush that is 35 times more hygenic, head brush only needs to be replaced once a year and a battery charge lasts for six months.

Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 Electronic Power Rechargeable Battery Electric Toothbrush

Pairs with a smartphone, using facial recognition so you know where you’ve brushed, multi-colored Smart Ring helps with brushing time and pressure, and a pressure sensor that slows or speeds up speed to prevent over-brushing. 

For more information on proper brushing and best products for your, contact All Smiles by Design at (702) 492-9399.

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