According to WebMD, if you clean your teeth regularly and use proper brushing techniques, either a manual or an electric toothbrush will do. You should be able to keep your gums healthy and reduce the buildup of plaque with either. The type of toothbrush you use is a matter of personal preference or the recommendations of your dentist. Many people prefer using electric toothbrushes for a variety of reasons. As with most things, there are pros and cons.
Advantages of Using an Electric Toothbrush
- Many of the latest toothbrushes come equipped with a timer. This helps you ensure you are spending enough time brushing your teeth.
- Electric toothbrushes are easier to use for many people. Those with conditions that limit mobility, such as arthritis may find them a great deal easier to use than manual toothbrushes.
- As reported by WebMD, numerous scientific studies have failed to establish a difference in the effectiveness of electric toothbrushes in general as compared to manual toothbrushes for eliminating plaque and reducing gum disease. WebMD does concede, however, that rotation oscillation toothbrushes – the kind where the bristles go back and forth and round and round – are more effective for cleaning your teeth than manual toothbrushes.
- Brushing your teeth too vigorously can damage your gums, per WebMD. Electric toothbrushes may make it easier to brush gently and still get your teeth and gums clean.
Disadvantages of Electric Toothbrushes
- Electric toothbrushes are much more expensive than manual toothbrushes. As reported on Cost Helper, you can expect to pay $54 to $67 for the Oral B Pulsonic Sonic Toothbrush with a built-in timer, a charging station, two brushing modes, and more than 27,000 strokes per minute. The Sonicare FlexCare with sanitizer, timer, charger, and 31,000 strokes per minute costs $117 to $170.
- You have to change the brushes every two to three months. While this is also true with manual toothbrushes, electric toothbrush replacement brushes are considerably more expensive, ranging anywhere from $2 to $25, depending on the brand and model, according to Cost Helper.
- Electric toothbrushes have to be charged.
- They are not as easy to pack for travel and take up more space than manual toothbrushes.
- They break and are not as easily replaced as manual toothbrushes.
Whether you choose an electric toothbrush or a manual toothbrush, the important thing is to brush often and brush properly. WebMD says that the importance of good oral hygiene cannot be overestimated, for your overall health as well as your dental health. According to WebMD, gum disease is a major risk factor for diabetes and heart disease, as well as other serious health conditions.