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Are Electronic Toothbrushes Better for Your Teeth?

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21 Jul Are Electronic Toothbrushes Better for Your Teeth?

There have been numerous technological advancements in the dental industry. However, most people still use a toothbrush that dates back to the 1930’s. The modern day toothbrush was invented in the 1930’s and remains relatively unchanged. It may be time for you and your family to make the leap into the 21st century with electronic toothbrushes. This article will examine the pros and cons for both manual and electronic toothbrushes.

Manual Toothbrushes

There is a reason that toothbrushes are pretty much the same as they were in the 1930’s because they work. The simple design is a great leap forward from some of the older dental care technologies. With proper use, these tools can help you keep your smile white and bright. Here are the pros of manual toothbrushes.

They Work

With proper brushing technique, a manual toothbrush will keep your teeth in tip-top shape. Brushing for two minutes twice a day is enough to keep your smile healthy. However, it is difficult to stand in front of your mirror for two minutes and make sure you reach all of the tough spots.

Options

There are many different manual brushes to choose from. Whether you need a soft bristle or a firm one there are plenty of options to choose from. Also, there is a wide range of colors and prints for children to choose from. If having their favorite cartoon character on their toothbrush is important to your child’s oral health than a manual toothbrush may be the way to go.

Cost

Manual toothbrushes are much less expensive than electronic toothbrushes. In fact, many dentists will provide you with a free toothbrush during every visit. Keep in mind that you should change your toothbrush every three months.

Convenience

There are no batteries or chargers. Therefore, a manual toothbrush is much more convenient, especially for travel. Sometimes the room available in your suitcase is limited and having to fit a charger or backup batteries may be inconvenient for you.

Cons of Manual Toothbrushes

When it comes to a manual toothbrush there are really on two cons. The first con is the work, brushing your teeth for two minutes is labor intensive. This can cause you to shorten the amount of time that you brush. The second con is not knowing how long you have been brushing. Obviously, very few people have a clock or a timer in their bathroom to help them brush their teeth for the proper amount of time. Electronic toothbrushes can help you keep track of time while brushing your teeth.

Electronic Toothbrushes

The most important technological advancement in at home dental care over the past 70 years is electronic toothbrushes. There are quite a few pros as well as some cons to electronic toothbrushes. The pros of electronic toothbrushes include the following.

Easy to Use

Let’s face it, people are much more likely to brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day if all they have to do is move their toothbrush slightly. Eliminating the back and forth brushing action makes brushing your teeth much easier. All you have to do is hold the toothbrush up to your teeth at a 45-degree angle and your toothbrush will do the rest.

Better Results

Yes, you can keep your teeth clean with a manual toothbrush. However, recent studies have shown that electronic toothbrushes are much better at removing plaque and gingivitis. The return that electronic toothbrushes provide for the effort puts them head and shoulders above manual toothbrushes.

Built in Timer

It is much easier to monitor the amount of time you brush your teeth when your toothbrush does it for you. Most electronic toothbrushes have a built-in timer that will automatically stop when you reach the two-minute mark.

Fun for Children

An electronic toothbrush can be a great way to get your children excited about brushing your teeth. An electronic toothbrush turns a mundane activity into an enjoyable experience for kids. Teaching children good dental hygiene habits when they are young can set them up for a future of healthy teeth.

The Cons of Electonic Toothbrushes

There are a few cons to owning an electronic toothbrush. The first con is the cost. Obviously, an electronic toothbrush is much more expensive than a conventional toothbrush. However, these toothbrushes have become much more cost effective in recent years. Secondly, like many other electronics, dropping your toothbrush could prove fatal. A manual toothbrush has no chance of breaking. Lastly, an electronic is not as convenient when compared to a manual toothbrush.