In celebration of National Toothbrush Day (June 26) , we are addressing the modern day hygiene question: electric vs. manual toothbrush…which should you choose?!
You can get an effective cleaning from either tool. There is no need to bust your budget for an electric toothbrush after reading this article, but that being said, numerous studies have shown that the electric brush does provide a more effective cleaning for most people.
The advantages of the electric brush are:
- helpful extra features such as timers that guide people into a more thorough brushing
- motivation–just like with any new gadget, some people are just motivated by a fun new tool to clean their mouth, and therefore are more likely to brush. In addition, sometimes investing money into your dental hygiene can be a motivating tool.
- assistance for those with limited dexterity (tremors, injuries, limited movement in the shoulder, back and neck pain) to provide a thorough cleaning
The manual brush still provides the following advantages:
- More brush choices for those with sensitive teeth and gums. You are not tied to a particular type or brand of brush and if your gums are sensitive, you can try a number of brushes until you find one that works for you.
- Inexpensive–Therefore, it is easier to replace as often as necessary (see later in this post for helpful tips on just how often).
- Travel friendly–Many electric toothbrushes do come with travel cases, but it is so simple to just pack a regular tooth brush and be on your way.
More helpful toothbrush facts:
- You should change your brush every three months, or whenever your bristles begin to look ragged and worn.
- Be sure to rinse your toothbrush after every use and then let it dry completely to prevent bacteria.
- Don’t store your toothbrush close to the toilet–the spray can drop bacteria onto your brush. Ew! Store it as far away as possible, put a cover on it, or keep toothbrushes stashed in the medicine cabinet.
- Be sure to brush your tongue too–it prevents bad breath and gets rid of harmful bacteria and plaque in your mouth.