If you are considering that it might be time to say goodbye to your trusted manual toothbrush and upgrade to an electric brush, read the pros and cons of each type of brush below to help you make up your mind.
The Pros of Manual Brushing
- Easy for travelling with, just chuck it in your washbag and off you go.
- Inexpensive, very much a disposable commodity.
- Has a slim handle with a good grip.
- No need to charge it which makes it great for traveling.
- Reaching your back teeth can be difficult.
- It won’t break down as there are no mechanical parts or battery.
The Cons of Manual Brushing
- You have no idea of how long you’ve been brushing for unless you make a conscious effort to time it.
- The output is very few strokes per minute in comparison to electric brushing and therefore does not do such a good job at removing plaque.
- It’s easy to brush too hard with a manual brush as many people think that the harder they brush, the cleaner their teeth are getting when in fact all that is happening is that they are probably wearing down their tooth enamel.
The Pros of Electric Brushing
- Good for people with conditions such as arthritis or those with joint problems or limited dexterity.
- Studies have shown that you can remove more plaque consistently brushing with an electric toothbrush.
- Ensures you do not rush cleaning your tooth as most electric toothbrushes have inbuilt 2-minute timers for optimum cleaning time (as recommended by dentists).
- Without a doubt, your teeth will feel really clean after brushing.
- Requires minimal effort and less brushing force.
- Many brushes have built-in pressure sensors with ensure you do not brush too hard and destroy any of the tooth enamel.
The Cons of Electric Brushing
- An electric toothbrush is expensive in comparison with a manual brush, coupled with the added expenditure of expensive brush heads that need changing every 3 months.
- Your brush will need charging every week or so, and if you take it away with you you’ll either need to take the charger with you or remember to charge it fully before you go.
- More bulky to travel with as it’s larger than a manual.
- Another issue is because it is mechanical it could go wrong or break! It may be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty period, if not, you may need to buy a replacement battery or replace the whole thing which could be more expense.
If you decide to make the switch from manual to electric its worth bearing in mind that the most expensive is not always the best. The most expensive brushes will no doubt have the most features, but in reality will you actually need all those features? The best toothbrush is actually the one that suits you the best. Before you purchase one, think carefully about which features are important to you or whether they would be surplus to requirements.