Should You Be Using a Manual or Electric Toothbrush?

Friday July 11, 2014 by
Melissa Brown, DDS

Chances are if you’ve been down the oral care aisle lately you’ve seen just as many electric toothbrushes available as manual ones. Is the hype really worth it? At Murray Hill we’re committed to helping our patients understand that the investments they make in oral care devices are more important than they might think!

There are plenty of benefits to both manual and electric toothbrushes. Here are some important points to know when you make your next investment in a brush:

Electric toothbrushes remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes

No matter how good of a tooth-brusher you are, you’ll be able to get your teeth cleaner with a high-quality electric toothbrush. Think of it as how many strokes you make per minute manually, verses the thousands of strokes or vibrations per minute an electric brush is able to function at. Your teeth will be cleaner and have less build up if you’re properly using an electronic brush. Just remember that you’ll still need to brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day. The fact that the brush is more effective doesn’t give you an excuse to use it for less time, it’s there to make your time more effective.

You get what you pay for

Regardless of if you’re using a manual or electric brush, the quality of the brush truly matters. A cheap, stiff-bristled brush will abrade your tooth enamel as well as contribute to gum recession. Stiff bristles often don’t conform to the various surfaces of your teeth and can also mean you’re missing some of the curved areas around your mouth. Investing in a better quality brush with make your brushing quality better. A cheap battery-powered brush may be worse for your teeth than a moderately priced manual brush. Just because it is electric doesn’t necessarily mean it is better. You only have one set of teeth, so invest in the right brush.

If you really want the best oral hygiene, let us know what type of toothbrush budget you have, and we’ll recommend specific brands of brushes that we feel will benefit your individual mouth the most. We want our patients to have all of the facts to help take their oral health to the next level.