Electric toothbrushes seem to be the hottest items on your local drug store's shelf. After all, there are just so many of them! While electric toothbrushes have taken over our shelves, the toothbrush commercials, and our social media ads, are they really the best brush out there?
Let’s break it down and see just what the buzz on electric toothbrushes is all about.
Destroy More Plaque
Electric toothbrushes have many benefits. First, they are more effective at removing plaque than a manual toothbrush. In a 2015 study, electronic toothbrushes removed 21% more plaque than their counterparts. Because of its electronic nature, you don’t have to worry about doing the circular motions yourself as you would on a manual brush.
These toothbrushes are great for people with limited mobility who wouldn’t be able to brush as effectively with a normal brush. These electronic toothbrushes can also save you from buying a new toothbrush every few months, and instead, you just need to get new heads for them.
Electronic toothbrushes also provide more technological benefits. The newer, granted more expensive electronic toothbrushes, have built-in timers so you can give the proper amount of time to each quadrant of your mouth. Plus, some of these electronic toothbrushes even come with apps to make brushing your teeth a more educational and even fun, experience.
But with all the good, comes the bad. There are still some negatives to using an electronic toothbrush.
Unlike manual toothbrushes that can be only a couple of bucks, an electronic toothbrush can easily start at $15 and go up to $200. You also have to keep in mind that you will still need to replace the heads of these toothbrushes every few months. Plus, they can break easily, especially when water starts to seep inside.
These toothbrushes tend to take up more space than manual toothbrushes as they are large and sometimes even require charging stands of their own. Keep your bathroom sink in mind when picking your perfect brush. These toothbrushes can also be troublesome to travel with.
Finding Replacement Heads
Finding replacement heads isn’t always that easy, especially if the electronic toothbrush you have been using is no longer made. Not every head fits every brush, so make sure you buy the correct one.
Choosing an electronic or manual toothbrush is all a matter of preference and there is no wrong way to go about it. You can try both and see which one works best for you, but it’s best to see what your dentist recommends for you.