Electrical or Manual toothbrush, which is best?
This has been an ongoing debate for years. However, after some major studies, it has been found that an electric toothbrush does outperform a manual toothbrush in just about every case. This is because they can cover more ground easily. The oscillation and vibration of an electric toothbrush will get back plaque better than a manual one. It will also help loosen stuck-on food.
While the electric toothbrush is superior to the manual toothbrush, it is also more expensive. Some can be very expensive. Which means some people cannot afford them. Not to worry, using a manual toothbrush is still better than using your finger or a cloth. Brushing your teeth is vital to your oral health as well as your overall health. Oral bacteria can make you very sick. If you find getting an electric toothbrush out of your financial reach, no worries.
When you start to shop for an electric toothbrush you will probably notice there are toothbrushes that do all sorts of things. Some come with timers and pressure sensors. Some oscillate and some vibrate while others do both. This can be very confusing and frustrating depending on which would be best for you. We would recommend asking your dentist what they think. After all, they know your teeth well. Some of us have deep pits in our teeth naturally and will need a toothbrush that is good for that. While others of us might have a gingivitis issue or infection in our gums that need a better cleaning around the gum area.
These different oral problems will be the driving force on which electric toothbrush would be best for you. Also, what features would you like to see on your toothbrush, there are lots, so go prepared when shopping for an electric toothbrush.
Some of these electric toothbrush options include:
- Multiple brush heads so you can determine what bristles you like best. Some come with soft and some are more firm, for example.
- Tracking capabilities to ensure that you are covering your entire mouth.
- Bluetooth tracking so you can use an app to study your brushing habits and show your dentist as well.
- Sonic, Oscillating/pulsating or Oscillation, and rotation are some of the various styles of electric toothbrushes.
- Digital reminders that it is time for a replacement.
- Timers built-in so that you can time how long you have brushed overall or for each quadrant.
- Pressure sensors to ensure you are not brushing too hard and damaging the enamel.
- Various brushing modes are included.
Many manufacturers make various styles and types of electric toothbrushes. Your budget should also be taken into account. Sure you have the initial purchase of the electric toothbrush, but you also have to remember that you will need to replace the head from time to time. Check the cost of head replacement so that you aren’t in sticker shock later on.
Proper oral hygiene will ensure that you will have a beautiful smile for years to come.
Is it bad to use an electric toothbrush every day?
Some people might think that it is bad to use an electric toothbrush every day as it will harm your enamel. However, that is certainly not the case. It has been proven that electric toothbrushes are safe for everyday use.
Should I leave my electric toothbrush on the charger all the time?
You don’t want to ruin the battery, so no, do not leave it on the charger the entire time. Instead, when you first get it, charge it for about 16 hours. Then, use it as you would normally until it needs to go back on the charger again. This will allow your batteries to perform better and last far longer.
What is the life expectancy of an electric toothbrush?
You should plan to have your electric toothbrush last 3-5 years. It will really depend on the batteries. If you can change the batteries, then you might get a longer life span. However, most have on board and built in batteries that you will recharge over and over again.