Electric Vs. Manual Toothbrushes — Pros and Cons

Keeping your teeth clean is vital for your overall health. Studies show that poor oral health can lead to heart disease and diabetes.

But which type of toothbrush is better — electric or manual? Let’s look at the differences.

Electric Toothbrush Pros

  • Since electric toothbrushes have bristles that vibrate, they’re more effective at removing plaque build-up than manual brushes.
  • They’re good for people with restricted mobility, such as arthritis, since they do most of the work.
  • They have built-in timers to let you know you’ve brushed long enough.
  • They’re good for people with orthodontics such as braces.
  • They make children more interested in brushing their teeth.
  • They’re easier on your gums and enamel than manual brushes.

Electric Toothbrush Cons

  • They’re more expensive, costing anywhere from $15 to $250, and brush heads can cost between $10 and $45 per pack.
  • Plug-in electric brushes can be inconvenient, especially for world travelers (due to incompatible electrical currents).
  • Some people don’t like the vibrating sensation, and you can tend to drool more when using an electric brush.

Manual Toothbrush Pros

  • They’re easy to find at virtually any store — even gas stations!
  • They’re low-priced — typically between $1.00 and $3.00.

Manual Toothbrush Cons

  • You may brush too hard with a manual brush, damaging your gums and enamel.
  • There’s not built in timer as with an electric brush, so you can’t tell if you’re brushing long enough or too long.

As you see, both types of brushes have their advantages and disadvantages. At DeZavala Dental Care, we recommend both. Use your electric brush at home and take a manual one on the road to get that fresh mouth feeling wherever you are.

In either case, make sure to replace your brush (or brush head) every three two four months. Most toothbrushes have color-coded bristles that become faded when it’s time to change them. Additionally, if your brush starts to look frayed, it’s time to replace. You should also replace it if you used it when you were sick.

Time for a checkup? Contact DeZavala Dental Care today!