There are many arguments as to why electric toothbrushes are better than regular ones. But then again, there are also many arguments to the contrary. In this short article, we will try to answer the question: “What’s best, regular or electric toothbrush?”
Electric toothbrush upsides
The electric toothbrush has the feature of shaking or turning at a high frequency, which is an excellent way of washing away the bacteria and plaque from your teeth. Since this toothbrush is motor-driven, it enables you to get many more “brushes” in a single movement.
Cleanses away plaque more easily.
Research has, in fact, proven that electric toothbrushes are good at removing plaque and that they outcompete standard toothbrushes in this way. Further, the toothbrushes that turn around and around have been better than those that go from side to side.
If you have any physical impairment which makes it either impossible or painful to perform rapid movements such as tooth cleaning, then the electric toothbrush will help you. You will still need to move the brush across your teeth to clean them, but at least you don’t need to perform the same quick movements as those you would need for manual toothbrushing.
The cost is usually higher for electric than for regular toothbrushes. It would be best if you swapped out the toothbrush head continually, and therefore the costs can accumulate quite a lot over time.
Also, many people dislike the sensation of having the toothbrush vibrate in their mouth. It may tickle, itch, or even hurt.
Regular toothbrush upsides
Regular toothbrushes are the standard option for most people. They’ve existed far longer than the electric ones, and they will probably keep existing, despite the many innovations which are being done on the “toothbrush market.”
Ready at hand
Go to any local supermarket or food shop, and you’ll easily find regular toothbrushes. From the moment you buy them, you can start using them. No need to buy batteries or charge up the brush. Just use it.
Regular toothbrushes cost less than electric ones. Often they only cost one dollar. You’ll struggle to find an electric toothbrush for that price (new!).
Research has shown that people are more prone to using too much force when they brush their teeth with a regular toothbrush instead of an electric one. This is a downside because it may cause damage to your “little white food crunchers.”
Most people also brush their teeth for way too short a time. It can be hard to be aware of how long you have been brushing your teeth. With many electric brushes there is a built-in timer, but with the regular ones, it’s best if we either develop a good habit of brushing our teeth patiently, or we may even use a phone timer.
The head dentist and CEO of Tannlege Fredrikstad, says that “As with all tools, both the regular and the electric toothbrushes are great for brushing your teeth – as long as you use them correctly.”
To give a more concrete recommendation, electric toothbrushes do come out as being better for removing plaque. In the end it’s best if you try both and see which one you like the most.