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Benefits of Electric Toothbrush VS Manual

Posted on 1/3/2022 by Santa Clarita Advance Dentistry
Family with electric toothbrush

When I was younger, I wasn't a huge fan of electric toothbrushes. For starters, I would always think of how our ancestors didn't have the benefits of electric toothbrushes, and some of them had great teeth. For example, the Romans. Also, back in the day, electric toothbrushes were considerably pricier than manual toothbrushes.

Times have changed. I've had the luxury of enjoying electric toothbrushes for a few years now. I find that when I travel and take a manual toothbrush with me, there's a noticeable difference. I feel cleaner with the electric toothbrush.

Enough about me though! Let's have this V.S battle! Electric Toothbrushes V.S. Manual Toothbrushes!

Round 1 : Portability & Travel

Both are portable and easy to travel with. However, I do think manual toothbrushes are a little easier to take with you. For example, if you're going to take a toothbrush to work, it's a little easier to take the manual into the restroom and brush up. You also don't have to worry about losing some of the battery power due to not charging.

If you're going to a friends or relatives house for a few days, it's a tie. Although, this will depend on the bathroom situation. For example, if there's one or two bathrooms being shared by multiple people, and there are limited outlets. Well, it might be a bit of a hassle, especially if everyone has an electric toothbrush.

However, if you're sharing a bathroom with one other person or have a bathroom to yourself, the electric toothbrush is just fine and as convenient.

Additionally, if you're planning to travel abroad, charging anything becomes a bit of a hassle. Due to different countries using different outlet plugs. If you want to charge anything you'll have to buy adapters. Likewise, being stuck at an airport or airports might favor manual toothbrushes.

In conclusion, both are pretty portable. Manual toothbrushes seem to be more convenient overall, except if you have an electric toothbrush with removable batteries. However, if your toothbrush needs to be plugged in to charge, you'll have a harder time.

Round one goes to manual toothbrushes.

Round 2: Art & Design

Honestly, this shouldn't matter in the least unless you're a kid. Fortunately (maybe unfortunately) many of us are kids at heart. Just look at all the grownups going to Disneyland and Disney World all the time. When I was a kid and it was time for a new toothbrush, I loved going to the store to look at all the cool toothbrushes. Especially the ones with my favorite characters.

Benefits of electric toothbrush do not include art and design. It might be hard to take a Batman electric toothbrush serious.

Electric toothbrushes are more sophisticated and blander. They are more function rather than fashion. Round 2 is a tie. If you're a kid than manual toothbrushes win! However, as an adult we can't be using little kid toothbrushes. For starters, they are tiny! Meant for baby teeth. If you're an adult, I hope you're not buying toothbrushes because Batman or Cinderella is on them. If it's Spiderman, then that's a different conversation!

Round 3: Price

This seems a little unfair at first. Undoubtedly, the manual would win this category. After all, you can purchase many manual toothbrushes for the price of one electric. With each, you get what you pay for. But you pay less for the manual.

Round 3 goes to the manual toothbrush.

Round 4: Longevity

When buying an electric toothbrush, you have many choices. Some electric toothbrushes don't have removable heads. For example, many of the one's that have removable batteries, don't have removable heads. It is recommended that you replace your toothbrush every three months on average.

On that note, things would be even. However, most people use electric toothbrushes that come with a charging station. Those toothbrushes have removable heads. Which means that you can have the same toothbrush for a really long time, all you have to do is change the head every three months.

Round 4 goes to the electric toothbrush! I've had mine for years. Just remember to clean it every so often.

Round 5: Features

I think we all know how this one is going to go. Manual toothbrushes don't have any features. At least none that I've seen. Meanwhile, electric toothbrushes have all sorts of features. Some electric toothbrushes even have apps!

Below, are some benefits electric toothbrushes:
•  Pressure sensors to alert you when you're brushing too hard.
•  Timers to signal 30 seconds. 30 seconds pre each side is recommended (2 minutes of brushing).
•  Multiple brush head speeds.
•  Bluetooth to connect to your smart phone and app.

Round 5 goes to the electric toothbrush.

Round 6: Versatility

If you're going camping, or if the world has ended and you're living in a post-apocalyptic world, which toothbrush should you have? I would go the manual toothbrush. It's easy to carry, it fits in your pocket. Additionally, you never have to worry about power or batteries.

Honestly, I've probably seen too many movies and shows were someone has made a shank out of a toothbrush. That can come in handy in all kinds of post-apocalyptic scenarios.

Round 6 goes the manual toothbrush.

Benefits of Electric Toothbrush Vs Manual Toothbrush Round Summary

Above, we put electric toothbrushes against manual toothbrushes. In most of those rounds the manual toothbrush won. It's simple and gets the job done. However, where the electric toothbrush shines are in its power and features.

Electric toothbrushes can be great for kids:
•  They have timers to make sure kids brush for the recommended time.
•  They are strong enough but not too strong to ensure they remove plaque and bacteria without damaging their gums.

Electric toothbrushes can be good for the elderly or certain disabled people:

•  They're easy to handle if you have weak wrists or arthritis.
•  Controlling the speed and pressure of the head assists those with limited mobility.
•  People with limited strength and mobility can enjoy the fact that electric toothbrushes do most of the work.

So, which one should you purchase? You've read this whole article and there doesn't seem to be a clear answer. That's because there are two answers. Cleary you should buy both. All my friends who have purchased an electric toothbrush, love them. They seem to give you a cleaner feeling, like the Orbit gum commercials. Do you guys remember those? I'll place one below!

Studies show that electric toothbrushes do a better job of removing plaque and bacteria. And have been shown to be better for overall healthier gums.

Having an electric toothbrush for home is a must in today's age. If it's within your means to purchase one. Having manual toothbrushes is great for backups or trips. For example, I usually take my manual when I'm spending a few days at a friend's house or relative's house.

Having a manual toothbrush is also great for when you realize you forgot to buy head replacements for your electric toothbrush, or when you have neglected to charge your electric toothbrush.

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