You might wonder: Do those electric toothbrushes really do a better job than manual ones? Let's have a look on benefits and disadvantages of electric toothbrushes.
Talk About What Makes Toothbrushes Top Choice
Electric toothbrush bristles vibrate or rotate to help your teeth and gums remove plaque buildup. Every time you move your toothbrush across your teeth, the vibration allows more micro-movement.
A review of studies showed that more plaque and gingivitis are generally reduced by electrical toothbrushes than by manual toothbrushes. Plaque was reduced by 21% after three months of use and gingivitis by 11%. It seems that oscillating (rotating) toothbrushes work better than simply vibrating toothbrushes. Electric toothbrushes can also help people with limited mobility, like people with carpal tunnel, arthritis, or developmental disabillities.
When it's time for a new toothbrush, in many cases you just need to replace an electric toothbrush head, so it might be less wasteful than throwing away a full manual toothbrush. If you use a single-use electric toothbrush, however, when it's time to do so, you'll have to completely replace it.
A study found that electrical toothbrushes were especially helpful for people with orthodontic appliances, such as braces, because they made brushing experience easier. Plaque levels were about the same among people with appliances that already had good oral health. But if you find it hard to clean your mouth while having orthodontic therapy, your oral health may be improved by the electric toothbrush.
And Why Electric Toothbrushes Can Be Flop
Electric toothbrushes cost more than manual toothbrushes. Prices vary from $15 to $250 per brush anywhere. Usually new replacement brush heads come in multiple packs and cost $10 to $45. Electric toothbrushes totally disposable cost $5 to $8 plus battery costs.
It may not always be easy or convenient to find the right replacement brush heads, either, as not all stores carry them, and your local stores may not have the right brand. You can buy them online, but it's not convenient for everyone and if you need a new head right away, it's not a great option.
Electric toothbrushes have not significantly removed more plaque than manual toothbrushes, according to studies among seniors. This doesn't mean that electric toothbrushes don't work, but it could mean that the extra cost isn't worth it.
Since you are travelling overseas, plug-in versions may not be a great choice, as in these cases you will need a backup travel toothbrush. Although electric toothbrushes can produce less waste as they require electricity or batteries, they are less environmentally friendly than manual toothbrushes.
It's your choice whether or not you're using an electric toothbrush. Regular brushing with the right technique and a good toothpaste is more important than manual or electric, not to mention at least an annual check-up with a dentist.