The debate over whether or not electric toothbrushes are superior to manual toothbrushes has gone on for years. Supporters of the vibrating brush claim it reaches and cleans gums and teeth better and more effectively that its manual counterpart. Manual-brush devotees claim that they get the same results from using a standard brush.
Is one actually better than the other? Let’s look at three different critical factors.
- When looking solely at how each brush cleans the surface of the teeth, electric takes the cake. An electric toothbrush has more power behind it. With its vibrations, it has the ability to remove plaque in a way a manual toothbrush cannot. Time is also an important factor here. While it may take 3-4 minutes to remove all the food and plaque with a manual toothbrush, it would take approximately two minutes using an electric brush.
- When it comes to brushing your gums, there is little difference an electric toothbrush makes. With either brush, you just need to make sure you are brushing for a two full minutes and really getting down into those gums. Whether you choose an electric or manual brush, always make sure you are flossing at least once a day.
- Expense is an important aspect to consider when choosing a toothbrush. This is where the electric option falls short. Electric toothbrushes are significantly more expensive than their manual counterparts. Recently, however, battery powered electric brushes have come to market, pricing at about $5 per brush.
No matter which option you choose for your oral health, just make sure you are brushing twice a day for at least two minutes and flossing once daily. Still not sure which is best for you? Give us a call at 719.598.6680.