Manual or Electric Toothbrushes: Which is Better?

Posted on: November 22, 2018

Manual or Electric Toothbrushes

In today’s world, there are now two different options that people can use to brush their teeth – the standard toothbrush or an electric toothbrush. Both toothbrushes are useful because they achieve the main goal of cleaning the teeth (if done correctly)! While teeth brushing should be done twice daily or, even better – after every meal, this alone does not always ensure that the teeth are being cleaned efficiently.

Today, we will go over both the standard manual toothbrush as well as the electric toothbrush. It’s important to know what each does, what it’s pros and cons are, and which is the best one to use.

Which is better to use?

A standard manual toothbrush

For years, the only toothbrushes that people had access to were the conventional toothbrushes, because electric toothbrushes did not exist. The standard toothbrush allows for the person to be in control of how they brush their own teeth. They control the brush strokes, the pressure on the actual teeth, and for how long the person brushes – which it has been said that it should be for no less than two minutes.

While a person having control of how they brush their teeth can be seen as an advantage, it can also be viewed as a disadvantage because they might not do it properly. Many people brush their teeth very quickly as their rushing out the door or getting ready to hop in bed, which inevitably causes for the teeth themselves to suffer. The teeth need proper care each day, or else diseases or cavities may form. A standard manual toothbrush does allow for a person to control their brushing, but that could also be detrimental to the person’s teeth.

Electric Toothbrushes

Over time, electric toothbrushes have become the new rave among people. Electric toothbrushes make it easier to brush because the head of the brush controls just about everything. A person only has to hold the brush, and the head does just about all of the work!

While there are many different kinds of electric toothbrushes, each one has the same goal of cleansing the teeth properly. There are kinds that allow for certain amounts of pressure on the tooth itself, while others have a timer set to ensure that 2 minutes of brushing is done. It’s been said that these electric toothbrushes are more efficient for teeth cleaning because they are programmed to stroke each tooth properly – at the correct speed and with the right amount of force.

One disadvantage to the electric toothbrush fad is that they are on the pricier side, but if the price is right – an electric toothbrush will provide many advantages to one’s oral health.

With so many options to choose from, a person should look at all of the toothbrush choices. If they can properly clean their teeth with a standard toothbrush, then need not to worry to purchase an electric one. However, if an electric toothbrush is affordable, then it may be a better choice. The advantages outweigh those of a standard manual brush.

If you have other questions regarding standard toothbrushes and electric ones, don’t hesitate to call us today. Our staff would be happy to assist in questions or concerns regarding the best toothbrush for your dental health.

Request an appointment here: or call Des Moines Dental Center at (206) 408-8541 for an appointment in our Des Moines office.

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