Are You Considering Buying an Electric Toothbrush? Learn the Pros and Cons
When it is time to buy a new toothbrush, you might wonder: is a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush the better option? You can always ask your dentist at your dental cleaning and exam, or you can keep reading to learn both the pros and cons of using an electric toothbrush. Then contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 if you need to see a dentist.
Pro: Electric Toothbrushes Are More Effective than Manual Toothbrushes
Electric toothbrushes work by vibrating or rotating to help get rid of plaque from the teeth and gums. Studies have shown that an electric toothbrush is better at decrease plaque and gingivitis compared to manual toothbrushes. One study found that after participants used an electric toothbrush for three months, plaque was lowered by 21% and gingivitis by 11%. While both are effective rotating toothbrushes work a little better than vibrating toothbrushes.
Pro: Electric Toothbrushes Are Easier to Use for People with Mobility Issues
If you have limited mobility, then you will find an electric toothbrush to be the easiest option to use. For example, a person with carpal tunnel, a development disability, or arthritis would find it easier to use an electric toothbrush because it does not require as much effort to use.
Pro: Electric Toothbrushes Have Built-In Timers
There are actually several reasons this is a big bonus. First, it ensures that you are brushing the full two minutes dentists recommend for at-home brushing. Second, it can help reduce waste. When you are aware that you are going to be brushing for two full minutes, you are more likely to turn off the water and avoid wasting it.
Con: Electric Toothbrushes Are More Expensive
If you are going to buy a new electric toothbrush, expect it to cost you anywhere from $15 to $250 for each brush. You will then need to buy replacement brush heads, which can cost anywhere from $10 to $45, though there are generally several heads in each pack. When compared to the few dollars a manual toothbrush can cost you this seems like a lot, but remember that they last much longer than your manual toothbrush.
Con: It is Harder to Find What You Need
If you use a manual toothbrush, you can find a replacement at just about any gas station, grocery store, drug store – the list goes on and on. On the other hand, you will find electric toothbrushes at your dentist, certain pharmacies, and other specialty stores. Likewise, when it comes time to replace the heads you will have to find the exact head that fits with your model.
Do we think that the pros are worth the cons in this case? We do, but we are happy to discuss your specific case and concerns when you visit California Dental Group for your cleaning. Call us at (800) 407-0161 to get it set up.