Electric v. Manual

Published on December 20, 2012 by

Electric toothbrush versus manual? It is an age old question that everyone seems to have the answer to depending on personal experience and preference. Given that electric and manual toothbrushes are both effective brushing tools, features that equate to benefits are more a matter user preference.
Many electric toothbrushes have added features, such as a timer so you know how long you have been brushing and pressure sensors that regulate the speed of the toothbrush to make sure that you do not use too much pressure. In addition, an electric toothbrush can be beneficial if you have shoulder or arm problems, such as arthritis, that make using a manual toothbrush difficult.

A benefit to using a manual toothbrush is cost. The cost of an electric toothbrush can easily be more than $100. In addition, replacement heads are not inexpensive and you need to replace the toothbrush head every three months just as you do a manual toothbrush. Another benefit to using a manual toothbrush is in the design of the brush. You can purchase a manual toothbrush in a number of styles and brush lengths, and those with flexible handles may make it easier to reach difficult areas of your mouth, especially if you have a very small mouth.

Using an electric toothbrush is not a guarantee you will have healthy teeth and gums. You must still brush often and correctly to remove traces of plaque from your teeth. If you brush with a heavy hand, using an electric toothbrush may damage gums or cause teeth to become overly sensitive.
The risk to using a manual toothbrush comes in not brushing long enough. Manual brushing can become tiresome and lead to shortened brushing time.

The brush you choose is not the critical factor, but how you use it. No matter which type of toothbrush you choose, the American Dental Association recommends choosing one with an ADA Seal. Manufacturers submit their products for safety, reliability and effectiveness testing and receive the seal only if their products meet ADA requirements. (www.ada.org)

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