Battle of the Brushes: Electric vs. Manual Toothbrushes

by Noelle Reinhold 1/26/2016 8:10 AM

Electric toothbrushes have gained popularity over the past couple decades, and they’ve kept a following of loyal users. Have you been considering upgrading to one of these high-tech tooth tools? Before you trade in your tried-and-true manual model, consider the benefits of both types of brushes.

Why Go Electric?

There are several reasons you may want to consider switching to an electric toothbrush:

Backing the Basics

Even with the advancements and benefits of some electric toothbrushes, there is still support for keeping your original model:

  • An electric toothbrush is not necessary to give your teeth a good cleaning. You can still effectively brush your teeth with a manual toothbrush.
  • • Manual toothbrushes are inexpensive (your dentist may even give them out for free) and more accessible than their electric counterparts.
  • • The type of brush you choose is only one page of your oral healthcare story. If you floss regularly (and we hope you do!), an electric toothbrush may not provide as great a benefit to you.

Whether you go electric or stick with manual, what’s most important is that you are brushing. The ADA simply recommends you buy the toothbrush that you’re most likely to use (and that comes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance). Then be sure to brush at least two times a day!

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