The Pros and Cons of Electric Vs Non-Electric Toothbrush

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.

Low Maintenance

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.

Best Shows on TV to Let Your Kids Watch


Children are sponges, soaking up everything around them. This includes the images and ideas shown on the television. While it is not the best idea to just park your child in front of the television for hours on end, some TV here and there will not hurt. This is especially true if you are choosing the right television shows. Here is a list of several different TV shows that are appropriate for kids, as well as information on the target age range and what makes them so great.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

If you have a toddler-aged child, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is a great option. Do you remember watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood growing up? Daniel Tiger is very similar, but it is animated. It helps pre-school age kids and a little younger learn to validate their feelings and be part of a community. It teaches strong bonds for family and friends and also teaches your child how to deal with sadness, joy, frustration, and disappointment. As a bonus, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is filled with catchy songs and interesting characters that will keep your little one interested. This show can be found on the PBS network.

Team Umizoomi

Team Umizoomi is geared toward pre-school age children, but younger kids will love the fun songs, and older kids who struggle with math can benefit as well. In this show, two small children and a robot travel around Umi City, working to solve math problems using real-life applications. This includes counting with higher numbers, addition and subtraction, patterns, and more. As a bonus, the show teaches kids how to solve problems, identify colors, and recognize shapes. This can be found on the Nick Jr. Network.

Bill Nye the Science Guy

If you are looking for an educational show for your first grader or older, then this may be a great choice. This is a timeless classic that is still aired on the PBS Station. It follows Bill Nye as he teaches kids about how science works in the world around him. It doesn’t offer sing-a-longs or animation, but the interesting and fun experiments will be enough to keep your kid entertained. Your child might even want conduct an experiment themselves. If this is the case, it is important that they’re supervised. However, even then, incidents requiring medical attention can occur. Be sure to tend to their injury and take them to your nearest doctor or pediatrician. Should the accident take place later in the evening, you can avoid the high costs of an ER bill and have them seen at a local late night urgent care, such as Night Lite Pediatrics.

Rock the Park

Rock the Park is one of the best ways to get your kid close to nature without actually going outside. It follows two enthusiastic and playful hosts as they visit national parks and other beautiful outdoor sites around the world. Some of the trips are a little dangerous, but outdoor safety tips are highlighted as kids learn. This show is aired on the CW network and is appropriate for first grade and older.

Art Attack

Art Attack is aired on the Disney Channel and provides a fun way to encourage kids to be creative. It is great for kindergarten kids and older. The show has a fun host who guides kids through fun art projects they can try. If you have trouble getting your kid to do something creative, then this is a great choice to offer a little inspirational guidance in the right direction.

Children today have a whole new appreciation for technology. Whether you are pro-technology or only let your kid watch a few hours a week, at least make sure their absorbent mind is not soaking up the wrong things. Choose one of the shows on this list and you can’t go wrong.

About the author:

The writer of this article, Lautaro Martinez, is a freelance writer and family man who writes articles on his own experiences in raising kids in a healthy environment. If you like to learn more about Lautaro, you can check out his Google+ profile. 

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