Toothbrush: Electric or Manual?

With so many toothbrushes available on the market how do you know which one to choose?  Manual or electric toothbrush? Soft or hard bristle? Brand or generic? I love the commercials that say “nine out of ten dentist recommend… .” The truth is that dentist will use either what is provided for them or what they use at their office. With that said lets review what is available on the market?  Lets first review the benefits and drawbacks of electric and manual toothbrushes.

Manual toothbrush:  If you use a manual toothbrush, brushing technique is important for proper removal of plaque (the white build-up that collects on your teeth). You have to do all the work as opposed to the electric toothbrush that does most of the work for you. The advantage of a manual toothbrush is that they are inexpensive, small, and do not require electricity. The disadvantage of a manual toothbrush is that good brushing technique is required to maintain good oral health and reduce the chance of toothbrush trauma. If a proper technique is practiced the manual toothbrush works just as good as an electric toothbrush.

toothbrush for teeth
toothbrush for teeth

Electric Toothbrush:  Electric toothbrushes are great. They allow you to brush your teeth thoroughly without having to do much manipulation per The instructions usually indicate to hold the toothbrush in a certain position and move it around your mouth slowly. Not much to it. These are especially great for individuals who have manual dexterity issues. The disadvantage of these toothbrushes is the cost, size, and the fact that they need to be plugged in. The electric toothbrushes cost can range from about $15 for a generic toothbrush to $150 for either the oral B or Sonicare electric toothbrush. These toothbrushes also don’t last forever. The useful life of an electric toothbrush is 2 to 3 years.

You might ask, is one brand better than another? It is all about personal preference. I would definitively stick to either a soft or extra soft bristle toothbrush. As for the brush itself, there really is no difference between a generic or a well known brand brush. You will definitively pay a lot less for a generic. It is all about the technique.