My boyfriend and I have a tendency to make a competition out of even the smallest, non consequential things. The latest is what’s better: a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush? We’re both a little stubborn, set in our ways, and have a habit of “proving” that one of our ways is the right way over the others’. It’s all in good fun, but I’ve set out once again to see which one of us uses the “correct” toothbrush over the other. To accomplish this, I’ve made a pro/con list of both toothbrushes and I’ll let you come to your own conclusions.
• Inexpensive and usually free from your dentist when you go to your cleaning appointments.
• Many different styles, colors, toothbrush heads, bristles, etc. to choose from.
• Easy to maneuver yourself for a good cleaning.
• Easy to pack up and travel with; no need to pack up extra batteries or charging cables to go with it.
• Good for kids to use. Once they’re taught, kids can manually brush their own teeth easier with a manual toothbrush than with an electric one.
• No built-in timer. The ADA recommends that we brush our teeth for two minutes, twice a day. If you use a manual toothbrush, you’ll have to keep track of the two minutes in your head.
• More work. You’ll have to learn the proper brushing techniques including the right amount of pressure and what direction the bristles should go in to ensure proper teeth cleaning.
• Easy to use. Essentially all you have to do is hold the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle and it will do all of the work for you.
• Built-in timer. Remember what I said earlier about the ADA’s recommendation that we brush our teeth for two minutes? Well with an electric toothbrush, it has its very own timer so it involves very little thinking on your part!
• Fun for kids. Although manual toothbrushes may be easier for kids, electric toothbrushes are definitely more fun! It will tickle their teeth and do most of the work for them. What kid wouldn’t love that?
• More thorough cleaning. Studies have shown that patients who have used electric toothbrushes have a better chance at removing more plaque than those who use manual toothbrushes.
• Expensive. (But not at Charmoy Dental! Our great rebates make the price affordable!) Electric toothbrushes cost significantly more than manual toothbrushes. You may find yourself having to pay more up front initially too. There are many different types and brands which come with a range of costs, but still expect to spend more.
• Charging. You lose the convenience of just opening the medicine cabinet, grabbing your toothbrush, plopping the toothpaste on your brush, and brushing. With an electric toothbrush you’ll have to plan ahead and make sure your toothbrush is charged. If you’re going away, remember to pack your extra batteries or charger.
• Easy to break. Electric toothbrushes are more fragile and comes with different pieces that you have to be careful not to drop or else they may break.
So, I know what most of you are thinking by now: Who won? Whose toothbrush is the best? My answer: Both of ours. Yep, you heard right. We’re both right this time. When it comes down to it, which toothbrush you end up using is entirely up to your own personal preference. Both do the job as long as you know and understand proper brushing techniques. If you would like to switch to an electric toothbrush but aren’t sure where to begin, please give our office a call at: Charmoy Dental Associates // 973-584-0008 and someone will be sure to assist you. Happy Brushing!