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Electric or Manual Toothbrush? Dentists Share Their Expertise Category: Dental by - February 16, 2014 | Views: 26863 | Likes: 2 | Comment: 1  

"Should I get an electric toothbrush? Why?"
"Are electric toothbrushes worth the price?"
"Should I stop using my manual toothbrush?"

These are some very common questions patients have, and it's not easy for them to find clear answers.
With advertisements boasting the superiority of electric tothbrushes, how can a patient not make the switch from their old and cheap manual brush to a modern powered model?

But the point is: is it worth the price? Many electric toothbrushes can cost up to $190, whereas a manual one cost as low as $5 in most cases.
We decided to ask this question directly to dentists:

Are electric toothbrushes better than manual brushes? Why?

Only dentists can truly tell if electric toothbrushes are useful, as their opinion is both professional and honest.
In fact, we received many different and interesting opinions, and eventually created a custom image to summarized them all:

You can read the full article here: Electric vs Manual Toothbrush Debate - 16 dentists add their opinion


Electric or Manual Toothbrush?

The results

As you can see both technologies have pros and cons.
Electric toothbrushes are more expensive and come with many features and benefits, but the main point is:

Brush twice every day for 2 minutes using the right technique, and you won't have problems.

In fact, technique is even more important than the toothbrush used. It's true that electric brushes simplify the process, but patients must be conscious while they brush their teeth otherwise even a $150 brush will be completely useless.

Electric models often come with:

  • A timer. That is very useful as it will motivate you to brush for the full and recommended 2 minutes.
  • A pressure sensor. That will tell you if you're pressing too hard, which can cause you problems to teeth and gums.

If you're already brushing and flossing the right amount of time, two times every day using the correct technique, then you shouldn't make the switch from your manual toothbrush to an electric model.
Whereas if you need more motivation, and often times you do not brush for 2 minutes, then a powered brush is perfect for you: you'll see yourself brushing for the right time since the very first brushing sessions.

There are many different models on the market with different prices:

  • low price. priced less than $50, these models are great entry-level and essential brushes.
  • mid price. from $50 to $100, these come with a number of useful features.
  • high price. the top-notch models, packed with features such as external timers, multiple brushing modes and different brush heads.

It's up to you to decide, as it depends on your needs.

About the author

Paul massari is a dentist currently helping his colleagues find their way online. He also manages many web-based projects, including his latest guide here. If you need help, feel free to contact him.

The material on this site is for information only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified healthcare provider.


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