Electric Toothbrush vs. Manual

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There are two types of patients that visit La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics: those who use manual toothbrushes and those who use electric versions. There’s a debate about which brush is better for your oral health, and it’s one that has been in circulation for decades. If you’re trying to figure out which device is right for you or your family, making a decision can be confusing with all of the differing schools of thought out there. If you’re unsure whether to go manual or electric, we will help you clear the air so that you’re able to make the right choice about your oral health.

Does one brush clean better than the other?

There’s a common misconception that an electric toothbrush will naturally provide a better clean because it vibrates along with the brush strokes from your hand (i.e. more movement equals cleaner teeth).

In reality, getting clean teeth is not about the brush you use, but rather the way you use it. A manual brush can be just as effective, if not more effective, when cleaning your teeth if you are using it correctly. Likewise, an electric toothbrush can provide cleaner teeth if it’s able to target all sides of every tooth.

Which brush is more cost-effective?

It’s no secret that electric toothbrushes can get pricey. The average electric brush is 30 times more expensive than it’s manual counterpart, but the cost might be worth it if you think it does a better job cleaning your teeth.

With some electric tooth brushes having a capacity of 30,000 strokes per minute, the benefit of the brush’s intensity may outweigh its hefty price. However, some people would rather not spend too much money upfront and cut costs by purchasing a cheaper manual brush every couple of months. When used correctly, a manual brush can provide the same results as an electric brush.

Is one brush easier to use?

The average adult in good general health will find that manual and electric brushes are both easy to use and will choose a brush based on their own personal preference. However, some- one who is older and lacks mobility or someone who has a physical disability may prefer an electric toothbrush that provides most of the movement for them.

Children may also choose an electric toothbrush over a manual version simply because they like the way it feels on their teeth. Persuading children to brush their teeth can be a challenge for some parents, but the task can be made easier with a toothbrush that is more fun.

Overall, the key is to practice good oral hygiene, which includes more than the use of a manual or electric toothbrush. Flossing and rinsing are just as important as brushing two or three times per day. You should also be visiting La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics every 6 months for a dental cleaning and examination so that we are able to remove any plaque and tartar that has hardened onto your teeth — something that neither a manual nor electric toothbrush can re- move on their own! We will also take x-rays and look for any underlying dental issues that need to be addressed. For more information about the services we offer, contact La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics at 858-622-1007 and schedule a consultation.