As dentists, we often get asked about the differences between manual and electric toothbrushes. A lot of patients wonder whether spending the extra money is really worth it.
In this article, we will discuss the differences between them, and you can decide whether you would like to make the switch to an electric toothbrush.
Whichever toothbrush you choose, you need it to clean your teeth effectively. Many people believe that electric toothbrushes do a better job of cleaning your teeth, but this is technically incorrect. If your brush has soft bristles, replaced every three months and used correctly – both manual and electric brushes are equally effective in cleaning your teeth and gums.
However, the problem is that not many people brush their teeth for the recommended 2 minutes, or reach every tooth. This is why an electric toothbrush comes in handy. It can cover a larger area in a faster time due to it making thousands of strokes per minute, as opposed to around 300 strokes per minute with a manual brush.
Children tend to find electric toothbrushes a lot more fun to use. You can buy a variety of different designs of toothbrushes for children – why not let them choose one for themselves? It might encourage them to want to brush their teeth. Many electric toothbrushes also have a built-in timer to let them know when they have brushed for the recommended two minutes – this can be helpful for adults too!
The price of electric toothbrushes varies greatly. You can pay anything from £5 to £150 for an electric toothbrush. We would say to pay what you can afford. The cheaper toothbrushes tend to be less powerful, take batteries (not rechargeable) and generally not last as long as the more expensive models. On top of the initial cost of the toothbrush, you will also need to purchase a new toothbrush head every three months. These, again, vary in price but tend to be approximately £1-2 per head.
If you are still unsure about which type of toothbrush would suit you best, ask your dentist or hygienist in your next appointment. They can even recommend a specific model to you too.
Posted by Oak Mount Dental Practice
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