The pros and cons of manual and electric toothbrushes

What type of toothbrush should you get?

Brushing teeth is one of the first things we learn to do as a child and is a habit that will (hopefully) stay with us for the rest of our lives. However, while everyone knows that we should be brushing our teeth twice a day, some may be unsure about what type of toothbrush they should be using. Indeed, chances are, many people may not even be giving their toothbrush type a second thought. 

When it comes to choosing between a manual or an electric toothbrush there can be some confusion as to which type is actually best.

When it comes to choosing between a manual or an electric toothbrush, there can be some confusion as to which type is actually best. Below, we've discussed the pros and cons of each type to help you make a decision. 

Manual toothbrushes

The manual toothbrush was invented in the late 1930s and has since become a worldwide staple of dental care. As Statista points out, an enormous 83.32 per cent of American households use them. 

These toothbrushes also have the benefit of coming in a range of colours and sizes, making them particularly appropriate for teaching children to brush. Similarly, wider range means that those dealing with sensitivity or undergoing gum disease treatments can opt for softer bristles. 

The main question, though, is this: Can they clean teeth as well as electric toothbrushes? The answer is a resounding yes. With proper technique and for the appropriate amount of time (two minutes), a manual toothbrush can keep your dental hygiene at a very high standard. These brushes are also very cheap and should be replaced every three months. 

Electric toothbrushes

The main advantage of electric toothbrushes is that they do all the work for you, taking the guesswork out of brushing. Length and technique are all decided, all you have to do is hold the brush at a 45-degree angle against your teeth. Electric toothbrushes may also be helpful for parents as many children enjoy the novelty of a buzzing toothbrush.

Furthermore, these brushes are extremely adept at keeping mouths clean. A 2010 study published in Clinical Oral Investigations found that the use of electric toothbrushes resulted in a higher rate of correct plaque removal. This said, electric toothbrushes are more expensive and do require charging, so they may not be as easy to take

Whether you've made up your mind about your toothbrush preference, be sure to ask your dentist about any questions. They can help you choose the brush that's best for you as well as give you brushing technique pointers.

Manual toothbrushes are just as good at keeping your teeth clean than electric ones, although it's more difficult to know how long you should brush for.Manual toothbrushes are just as good at keeping your teeth clean than electric ones, although it's more difficult to know how long you should brush for.