Toothbrushes are great for brushing your teeth and cleaning your tongue. But with all the hype and noise surrounding the different types of toothbrushes, most people are often torn between the two.
Not to worry though, we have attempted to break down the differences between the two so you can now make an informed choice on which of the two would be best for you and your loved ones.
Pros of Electric Toothbrushes
The following are some of the pros and cons of using electric toothbrushes.
Increases Brushing Efficiency
Most electric toothbrushes have a smaller, compact head. This means that they can reach the sides of the teeth and other difficult places that manual toothbrush often can’t reach. This means your teeth will most likely feel cleaner after brushing with them.
Can Be Used by Anyone
Yes, pretty much anyone can use it, children inclusive. People with arthritis and maybe rheumatism will find this very easy to use as it doesn’t require the use of “force” or effort. Just turn on the button, apply the paste and run it around your teeth for a few minutes and you’ll be good.
Comes with a Timer
Many people brush their teeth for less than two minutes using non-electric toothbrushes. Yet, dentists recommend at least two minutes of brushing per session to properly remove the plaque and help us win the battle against gingivitis and gum disease. The timer on the electric toothbrush ensures that you at least brush for two minutes before stopping.
Cons of Electric Toothbrushes
Can Be Pricey
One of the major disadvantages of the electric toothbrush is its price. It can cost anywhere from $20-$200 each. This is even more so when you start adding “extras” like pressure sensors, UV sterilizers and so on.
Requires Battery Replacement
Yes, you’ll need to periodically replace the battery, which makes it a bad traveling companion. If you find yourself late at night in a hotel after a hectic journey without a functioning electric toothbrush, it’s because the battery is dead.
Pros of Manual Toothbrushes
Now to the benefits and disadvantages of manual toothbrushes.
Convenient and Affordable
Manual toothbrushes are easy to carry, use and can be easily bought at any store. They are also cheap, which makes it possible for you to buy them in abundance and store at home.
If you’re ever caught out without a manual toothbrush, you can always request one at the hotel or pick up one at the nearby department store.
Effective for Cleaning the Tongue
Unlike the electronic toothbrush that does absolutely nothing for your tongue, the manual toothbrush is very effective at cleaning the tongue and leaving you with fresh breath.
This is very important because the tongue is a breeding ground for bacteria. As long as you don’t scrape off the new layer of bacteria, your breath will stink even if your teeth is clean.
Kids Can Easily Use it
This is the best brush to start the kids with as they can easily master the art of effective brushing using it. There’s also no risk of them damaging it.
Manual toothbrushes don’t break, require batteries or have to be stored in a special case. They are extremely low maintenance and very effective too. They are excellent value for money and have a wide variety. So, you can choose soft, medium, and hard bristles depending on your needs.
Cons of Manual Toothbrushes
Might Pose a Challenge for People with Certain Health Conditions
People with arthritis or rheumatism might find the activity that comes with brushing manually very painful or even impossible to do.
Risk of Dental Abrasion
There is such a thing as brushing too hard which can result in gum and tongue injuries, bleeding and possibly receding gum lines. But this can be mitigated by applying mild to moderate pressure while brushing.
Whether you choose the manual or electronic option for cleaning your teeth, dentists, like Dr. Johnson, recommend that you attend an annual visit to the dentist ensure there are no dental problems that need to be addressed.
About the author:
The writer of this article, Oscar King, is a freelance writer and family man who enjoys sharing his insights and tips into living out a healthy lifestyle. If you would like to learn more about Oscar, you can do so by checking out his Google+ profile.