Brushing your teeth is very important to maintain your oral health. Brushing twice a day helps avoid plaque, bad breath, gum diseases, tooth decay, and other tooth problems. However, the big question that lies in front of us is whether or not you should get an electric toothbrush over a manual one?
The American Dental Association has found that both electric and manual toothbrushes are capable of preventing oral diseases. However, this finding does not deny that the electric and the manual toothbrushes have their pro’s and cons.
Here are a few reasons that you should buy an electric toothbrush instead of a manual one:
Helps People With Limited Mobility
People with limited mobility have problems with using a manual toothbrush and tend to miss spots while brushing their teeth. An electric toothbrush helps these people cover all the spots with the right effort, helping them maintain proper oral hygiene. A manual toothbrush is too much work for people with limited mobility. An electric toothbrush helps these people by reducing the efforts they have to put in while brushing their teeth.
More Effective In Removing Plaque Than Manual Toothbrushes
Dental plaque is a mass of bacteria that grows on the surface of our teeth within the mouth. Colorless at first, but when it forms tartar it turns brown or pale yellow. If not removed on time, it hardens and demineralizes our teeth. An electric toothbrush has a variety of modes that differ in the rotation speed of the bristles. For removal of plaque settled on our teeth, an extra effort is required, which is not easy for human hands. An electric toothbrush provides that extra effort to ensure proper oral care.
Prevents Damage Of Gums And Teeth
People often use manual brushes too hard to get perfectly clean teeth. Rigorous brushing damages the surface of their teeth and gums because of the excessive pressure. An electric toothbrush helps in maintaining oral hygiene without causing damage to our gums and teeth. The rotating bristles of the brush help clean our teeth and gums in a much more effective way without putting too much pressure. With the availability of different modes in an electric toothbrush, it provides effortless cleaning and can also massage our gums.
Nothing can be completely perfect. Even though an electric toothbrush has advantages over
a manual toothbrush, it certainly has its disadvantages.
Expensive As Compared To Manual Toothbrush
An electric toothbrush costs more than a regular, manual toothbrush. That’s why people prefer buying manual toothbrushes over an electric one. If the electric brush requires batteries, the cost of replacing these batteries is high as compared to a manual brush which involves a one time cost.
Finding Replacement Heads Can Be Difficult
An electric toothbrush requires replacement of the heads of the toothbrush at regular intervals. These heads are difficult to find and are also expensive to replace. A manual toothbrush after a specific time interval can be easily disposed of, and you can buy a new one. These are readily available at stores at a low price.
One must understand that whether one should use an electric toothbrush entirely depends on the persons’ personal choice. Whether a person wants to ignore the cost of effortless cleaning of an electric toothbrush or wants to use a manual toothbrush and save money, it is a personal choice. At Abingdon Box Hill Dentistry, we put in the extra effort needed by you to maintain good oral hygiene. Call us now to book an appointment with us to know more about ways to maintain good oral health.