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When it comes to choosing the right toothbrush for your smile, your preference is all that matters. Many people aren’t sure if an electric toothbrush is more beneficial than a manual toothbrush, and this blog isn’t here to tell you which to choose. It is, however, here to help you know the pros and cons of each brush so you make the right decision for your smile.

Manual toothbrush

Pros: The manual toothbrush has proven time and time again that it’s the right tool for the job. It has successfully cleaned each smile for many years, and it continues to be a great tool to use to achieve optimal oral health. When it comes to having the right brushing technique, there is only one right way to brush. Simply hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth and start brushing at the gum line. Use a gentle circular motion and move your brush up and down each tooth. This brush is also the perfect shape and length and it is very easy for people to use. It is a light brush that is very mobile and effective. Also, when it comes to the cost of the brush, it is less expensive compared to the electric toothbrush.

Cons: When using the manual toothbrush, you need to do the work yourself, which is no different than it always has been. Some manual toothbrushes do tend to come in different sizes, which means that you need to make sure to get the perfectly sized toothbrush. If you don’t, it will be difficult to brush the hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. This brush is also difficult to use for those who have a lack of manual dexterity or for those who do not have the ability to properly brush each tooth.

Electric toothbrush

Pros: When it comes to brushing your teeth, your brush will do the work for you. You will still need to guide the brush over your smile, but the brush will properly clean your teeth as you do so. This brush effectively removes plaque, and some models have been clinically proven to remove more plaque than a traditional toothbrush, even in hard-to-reach places of the mouth. Some brands have technical advantages. Some brushes have built in timers, some brushes provide oral hygiene tips while you brush, and some brushes play music while the bristles are cleaning your smile. When it comes to the size of the brush, the head is generally smaller, which allows you to effectively clean the more difficult areas of your mouth.

Cons: This brush is the more expensive option. The price can range anywhere from $20-$200. This brush is also heavier because it holds batteries in the base of the brush, which can result in the brush being around 6 to 14 oz. When it comes to your brushing technique, there are specific techniques you need to use for each brand of brush. So, make sure you read the instruction manual before you begin brushing.

If you have any questions about electric and manual toothbrushes, call our office today!