Manual or Electric Toothbrushes: Which is Better?

From pink to neon green–toothbrush choice is a very personal decision; when you stroll down the aisle at your local supermarket, you’re bound to be bombarded with all sorts of different kinds and colors. Nowadays brushes even vary from manual to electric; there’s something for everyone at any price point—but which one actually works the best?

If you’re thinking about making the switch from manual to electric there are a few things to keep in mind: price, pressure, brush head, and vibrations. For people who have arthritis or do not feel like they get adequately clean teeth with a regular toothbrush, an electric may be a better option.

Many of the battery-powered brushes on the market can be customized to fit your comfort level, for instance: some may find that an electric brush’s speed is uncomfortable, so they change the settings. Electric toothbrushes with oscillating action have been proven to be the most effective compared to any other kind of brush at removing plaque.

Many of the electric kinds also have a built-in timer, ensuring that you have spent enough time taking care of your oral hygiene. If you travel often, some battery power brushes are also lightweight and easily portable. The electric toothbrush can be a bit of an investment depending on which kind you purchase, definitely pricier than the average manual brush.

Regular toothbrushes are still a great option, especially if you are on a budget. As long as you brush for two minutes in soft circles, it can still be as effective as using a battery operated one. If you brush and floss regularly, you will likely stay out of the dentist’s office, regardless of which brush you choose.