Your toothbrush plays a big role in how effectively you are able to maintain your oral health. For example, if the bristles are too stiff you risk damaging enamel, and if the brush head is too big you won't be able to effectively brush all of your teeth. Does it also matter if a toothbrush is electric or manual?
Whether to choose an electric or a manual toothbrush is a frequently asked question at the Azarko Dental Group Edmonton dental clinic. Below are some of the pros and cons of electric toothbrushes that we think our patients should know.
Pros of an Electric Toothbrush
One of the biggest advantages of an electric toothbrush is that it is easy to use. While there is nothing complicated about a manual brush, many people have a hard time developing an effective brushing technique. An electric toothbrush is simply placed against your teeth and gums and does the work for you.
Electric toothbrushes typically do a better job at removing plaque, thereby helping to prevent cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay. At the same time, they also tend to be less abrasive than manual toothbrushes, helping to keep your protective dental enamel intact while providing a thorough clean. You can ensure that you spend long enough brushing your teeth if you choose a model that comes with a timer.
Children can find electric toothbrushes more fun to use than manual ones, prompting them to pick up good oral hygiene habits. Electric toothbrushes are also beneficial for adults who have difficulty using a manual brush because of conditions such as arthritis.
Cons of an Electric Toothbrush
Perhaps the main con of electric toothbrushes when compared to manual ones is that they can be considerably more expensive. While you need to replace only the brush head and not the entire toothbrush, electric toothbrush replacement heads are also fairly pricey.
On top of the higher cost, electric toothbrushes have a higher risk of damage and are expensive to replace if they do become damaged. You have to be careful where you keep them and how you charge them.
You also have to be more careful how your store your electric toothbrush when traveling, which can be a hassle. Electric toothbrushes are bulkier and, because they need to be charged, you'll have to bring the charger along with you everywhere you go as well.
Still Not Sure Whether Manual or Electric is Right for You?
While an electric toothbrush can be the better choice for many people, Edmonton dentists will always first and foremost recommend choosing a toothbrush that you will consistently and effectively brush with.
Whichever brush type helps you remove more plaque and practice better brushing habits is the right one. If you'd like a professional recommendation, then come to our Edmonton dental clinic of the Azarko Dental Group and we can help you decide.