How do you choose your toothbrush? With so many shapes, sizes, and styles of toothbrushes on the market, deciding which kind to buy can be a bit confusing. If you are considering the switch from a manual toothbrush to its electric counterpart, take a moment to brush up on their advantages and disadvantages.
Cleaner teeth and healthier gums – Research shows that electric toothbrushes (oscillating or sonic technology) are more effective at removing plaque and preventing periodontal (gum) disease than their manual counterparts. And it’s no wonder why they are more effective at removing plaque, stains, and preventing gum disease, with bristles moving at a rate of 3,000 to 7,500 (some from 30,000 to 40,000) brush strokes per minute. Electric toothbrushes are designed to clean hard-to-reach areas, like molars, wisdom teeth, and even the smallest cracks between your teeth.
Easier for people with disabilities – If you’re not brushing as long or as thoroughly as you used to for reasons ranging from injury to arthritis, you may want to consider switching. “Both manual and powered toothbrushes can effectively and thoroughly clean teeth,” says an article in the Journal of American Dentistry. “People who have difficulty using a manual toothbrush may find a powered toothbrush easier or more comfortable to use.”
Special features – Many electric toothbrushes come with a built-in timer making it easier to brush for the recommended two-minutes. Some models provide a pressure sensor allowing the user to become better at brushing. There are even some that are equip with ultraviolet sterilizers which aid in the brushes’ cleanliness.
Can be pricey – Electric models cost significantly more than a manual toothbrush. Not to mention, replacement heads can be quite expensive.
Not as portable – If you travel often, an electric powered toothbrush could be a hassle. They are much more bulky than manual types, and often require electricity to keep them charged.
Potentially breakable – Warning: dropping your electric toothbrush could be fatal! It’s a much bigger deal than replacing a manual toothbrush that accidentally fell in the toilet. Especially, if the powered model you originally purchased was an investment.
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