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Manual vs. Electric Toothbrush – Is There a Difference?

When it comes to brushing your teeth you may wonder if an electric toothbrush is worth the investment and if it really works better than a manual? The short answer is a manual toothbrush can be just as effective as an electric one. However, many factors show an electric toothbrush may be a better option.

Manual vs. Electric Toothbrush

Brushing Time

Unless you set a timer, most of us will underbrush our teeth using a manual toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes generally have a timer function making it easy to ensure you are brushing your teeth for the recommended two minutes. Meaning, you know when your electric brush turns off you have brushed for an adequate amount of time.

Brushing All Surfaces of the Teeth

If you are mindful of how you are brushing your teeth you can certainly brush all surfaces of the teeth properly and evenly with a manual toothbrush. In fact, you can check the efficacy of your brushing by chewing color-changing tablets that show you any areas you may have missed when brushing. This will allow you to focus more so on those areas that you may be missing.

However, for those tech-savvy individuals, certain electric brushes now are equipped with Bluetooth technology that syncs to your phone. These apps allow you to see if you are brushing one area too much or not enough. The technology in these new brushes allows you to have a deeper insight into your brushing habits and how you can improve.

Takeaway Message

A manual toothbrush can be just as good as an electric toothbrush, however, we have seen that the technology in electric brushes can help make it easier to ensure you are brushing properly. The choice is yours whether you go manual or electric. Either way, make sure you are brushing twice daily for at least 2 minutes and flossing!