Should I Be Using a Manual (Traditional) or Electric (Powered) Toothbrush?

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What kind of toothbrush are you using… a manual (traditional) or electric (spin/vibrating) brush?

toothbrushes: manual vs electric

If you’re using a manual toothbrush, you may be wondering if an electric cleans better… or if you’re using an electric one, you may be wondering if you’d achieve the same, clean smile with a good old-fashioned manual brush.

So, without further adieu, our Scarborough endodontist will break down the unique PROs and CONs of each toothbrush type:

The Manual (Traditional) Toothbrush

What’s great about it:

  1. Very effective with proper cleaning technique used
  2. Very affordable
  3. No charging or batteries required
  4. A lot of choice with regard to colour/design
  5. Easy for travel
  6. Easy to clean tongue with

What’s not so great about it:

  1. More labor required
  2. No built-in timer (teeth must be brushed for two minutes each time)

The Electric (Powered) Toothbrush

What’s great about it:

  1. Some studies have shown electric toothbrushes to be more effective at plaque removal Less labor/effort required – automatic brush motion does most of the work for you
  2. A lot of choice re: brush head type selection
  3. Built-in timer available with most is very useful
  4. Ideal for those who aren’t confident in the way they brush
  5. May be associated with a lower risk of gum recession, as it can be easier to improperly/ aggressively brush with a manual toothbrush.
  6. Kids find it “fun” to use

What’s not so great about it:

  1. More expensive
  2. Requires charging or batteries
  3. Less travel-friendly

So, as you can see, the type of toothbrush you should be using on your smile has a lot to do with your personal preference, as well as your personal cleaning abilities. But if there’s one thing that’s more important than the type of toothbrush you choose to clean your teeth, it’s definitely the frequency at which you replace your brush head! Your toothbrush head should be replaced roughly every 3 months, or when the bristles begin to fray or show signs of wear.

Happy brushing from our friendly Dr. Lance Isaac!