​The Pros and Cons Between a Manual and Electric Toothbrush

​The Pros and Cons Between a Manual and Electric Toothbrush

Since we were kids, brushing our teeth was an activity that we knew we should do every time we finished a meal in order to comply with our parent’s requests, right? Little did we know that this habit will come a long way, especially in maintaining good oral hygiene. But have you noticed that whenever we hear the term toothbrush, we immediately think of the manual toothbrush? Most of us only rely on our good ol’ toothbrush, and we rarely explore other new innovations when it comes to toothbrushes.

Traditional manual toothbrushes were created in 1930’s, and the new models for toothbrushes began in the late 1990’s. Today, the ultimate question is, which type of toothbrush is better? Is there really a significant impact that will result to our oral health when it comes to the type of toothbrush we use? In order to answer these reiterating questions, read on as we review ​the pros and cons between a manual and electric toothbrush

Manual Toothbrush

Pros

  • Able to provide a detailed cleaning of the teeth by practicing the ideal way of brushing. You only need 2 minutes of brushing and you can actually feel the difference right after it with a manual toothbrush.
  • A variety of models of toothbrush to choose from including several types of bristles, different sizes of toothbrush heads and multiple colors. The control is your hands when it comes to choosing the type of toothbrush that is right for you. You may opt for softer bristles to heal gum sensitivity or you may buy a toothbrush with a smaller head size if you have a smaller oral orifice. There are specially designed toothbrushes for children too. Each comes in different sizes, colors and designs.
  • Portable and ideal for traveling. Just find a suitable toothbrush case and you’re good to go. 
  • Very budget-friendly and may even be free after your visit to the dentist. You just have to make sure that you change your toothbrush every after 2-3 months to maintain good oral care.

Cons

• More laborious.
• No accurate measure of time. In manual toothbrushes, you need to approximate how long you are actually brushing since there is no built-in timer as compared to electric toothbrushes.

 

Electric Toothbrush

Pros

• Easy to use, simple and trouble-free. With a powered toothbrush, all you need to do is place the toothbrush at a 45° angle and let the toothbrush do all the work.
• Less labor but optimum results. Research show that electric toothbrushes may actually be more effective in cleaning your teeth and is more efficient in removing plaque build-up that often results to gum infection.
• More child-friendly. Since the attention span of children is shorter than that of adults, electric toothbrushes are more ideal for them because toothbrushes do the work for them. There is also a built-in timer so the children know if their brushing session is done. Fun and easy are the best words to describe the experience with electric toothbrushes for children.
• Built in timer. The timer automatically stops the brushing motion once the 2 minutes is up. Sounds a lot more convenient right? No need to approximate your how long you’ve been brushing for.


Cons

• Charging. There is always a need to search for power outlets since you need to charge your toothbrush.
• Not cost-effective. Obviously since it is electric, it’s definitely more expensive than a manual toothbrush.
• Not ideal for traveling. It could be quite troublesome to travel with an electric toothbrush because you need to find power sources once in a while to be able to charge it.Bringing along extra batteries would mean extra load for your luggage.
• Quite Fragile. You should be extra careful with electric toothbrushes and avoid from dropping them as this may cause dislodging some of its internal machinery.