For centuries, the manual toothbrush has reigned over bathrooms across the world. Like most technology, however, advancements have been made in the oral care department that warrant adjustment in our day-to-day routines. The electric toothbrush is one of these advancements that generally creates a better cleaning experience, though it does have a few drawbacks.
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of electric toothbrushes.
Pros of Using Electric Toothbrushes
1. More Effectively Removes Plaque
Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes, on average, remove more plaque than brushing manually. This generally comes from the power and range of electric over manual, where rotating brush heads were more effective at cleaning hard-to-reach spots.
2. Built-in Timers
The acceptable time limit for brushing your teeth is at least two minutes. When you’re doing something so routine and mundane as brushing your teeth twice a day, however, time can really drag, creating a false impression of how long you’ve been brushing. Built-in timers of electric toothbrushes can ensure that you’re fitting in the full two minutes every time.
3. Great Range of Motion
If you have trouble using a manual toothbrush due to arthritis, an electric toothbrush can relieve those symptoms. Kids also have an easier time using electric toothbrushes, and can even create a sense of fun in a sometimes dreaded chore.
The Downside of the Electric Toothbrush
1. More Expensive
The cost of an electric toothbrush can be high, and replacement heads can cost just as much, if not more, than purchasing a brand new manual toothbrush. Though they don’t need to be replaced as often, expenses can certainly start to rise when making the switch to electric.
2. Brushing Too Excessively Can Damage Gums
If you’re brushing too hard with an electric toothbrush (or even possibly too often), you run the risk of damaging your teeth or gums. Though this danger certainly exists with a manual toothbrush, the same application of too much pressure with an electric toothbrush can cause gums to recede or exacerbate already existing issues.
The benefits of an electric toothbrush generally outweigh the negative aspects, and if you’re willing to pay a little bit more, you’re going to see an increase in plaque removal and a more effective clean.
Whether you use an electric or manual toothbrush, Fisher Pointe Dental has the right treatment options for you. Contact us today to find out more or to set up an appointment.