Should I select a Manual Toothbrush or Electric toothbrush?
Over the years many types of toothbrushes have been developed, but they all fall into two Major categories – Manual Toothbrush & Electric Toothbrush or Battery Operated Toothbrush. In the last two decades, there have been many Discussions as to which toothbrush is better. The point to remember is that both types of toothbrushes have advantages and disadvantages. Let us look at what the experts say about these toothbrushes.
1. With a manual toothbrush, you can thoroughly clean your teeth within several minutes. The technique allows you to reach all the difficult areas of the mouth.
There are many types of manual toothbrush styles, sizes, the contour of bristles, and colors to select from. For those who have sensitive teeth, one can choose the soft bristles. If you have a small mouth, you can pick a toothbrush with a smaller head. One has ample options with manual toothbrushes.
2. If you travel or go somewhere overnight, all you need is your toothbrush, and you are ready for it. You do not have to worry about a battery or where you will be plugging in your toothbrush. You do not need any special container to carry your manual toothbrush.
3. The majority of manual toothbrushes are relatively cheap. In fact, many dentists even provide free toothbrushes to their patients regularly.
1. Use of a manual toothbrush does require some effort with the hand, and those who have problems holding the toothbrush or have a physical deformity may not be able to use a manual toothbrush.
2. The other disadvantage is that one has to guess how many minutes one has been brushing as there is no timer.
1. Electric toothbrushes are very easy to use. All you need to do is turn the brush on and insert it in your mouth at the right angle, and it will do all the work.
2. Several studies are showing that electric toothbrushes tend to do a better job at cleaning the oral cavity and teeth. The plaque removal and gums cleaning is more efficient.
3. Electric toothbrushes are fun and easy to use for children. Children hate brushing their teeth and more often they not; they are more likely to use an electric toothbrush over a manual toothbrush.
4. The newer generation of electric toothbrushes has a built in timer that stops the toothbrush after 2 minutes, so you never have to guess how long you have been brushing.
1. With an electric toothbrush, you will always have to either replace batteries or recharge it.
2. The cost of an electric toothbrush is quite significant and much more than a manual toothbrush. The latest generations of the electric toothbrush are in fact quite expensive.
3. Traveling with an electric toothbrush is not simple. Not only are they bulkier but you have to pack them properly to avoid breakage.
In conclusion, even though a few studies are showing the electric toothbrush can remove plaque more effectively than a manual toothbrush, this only applies to certain individuals. In the end, the type of toothbrush you use does not matter- you just have to make sure that you brush and floss regularly.