Both electric and manual toothbrushes can help you clean your teeth. But which one is the best for your needs?
Electric toothbrushes are ideal for use by handicapped users or those with poor manual dexterity as they give enhanced cleaning compared to manual brushes.
Electric toothbrushes are prescribed for children or those users who are rather unmotivated to clean their teeth regularly.
These brushes have more compact heads as compared to manual toothbrushes. They are ideal for travel purposes provided they are lightweight and have long lasting batteries.
Electric brushes give the effect of mechanical cleaning and use Low Frequency (LF) acoustic energy to stimulate fluid activity. This enhances ‘beyond-the-bristle’ cleaning. LF acoustic vibrations also give superior ability in reducing oral bacteria as it cannot adhere to the hard dental surfaces thereby reducing plaque.
Electric brushes are easier to use compared to manual ones since the device takes care of brushing action and the user only needs to place it on the oral cavity sites which need cleaning.
Just because you have the potential of rotating motors doing the work for you, doesn’t mean it is superior to a manual toothbrush. It’s all in how you use it. No matter what, if you don’t reach the places you need to, your electric toothbrush won’t do you any good.
Also, just because there’s a rotating head on an electric toothbrush, it doesn’t mean you need to use less time to brush your teeth. You need to brush for at least two - five minutes in order to get rid of as much plaque buildup as possible.
In other words, don’t get lazy brushing your teeth. If you think you might be one of those people, you’d better stick with a manual toothbrush. Some people also like manual toothbrushes because they’re cheaper. You might think that an electric toothbrush might save you money, but you’re wrong. You will need to replace those heads every few months. And what if your toothbrush motor breaks down? You’ll most likely have to buy a new one altogether. Conclusion
It really doesn’t matter what kind of toothbrush you use, as long as you use it properly. It’s best to weigh the pros and cons of each kind before deciding which one is suitable for your needs.