Brushing your teeth is an important part of maintaining your dental health, so it’s natural to stress over which brush will give you the best results.

Here’s the thing— manual and electric toothbrushes both deliver as long as you are brushing at a 45 degree angle with your gums and using a soft bristled brush. Need a little more information about your options? We’ve compiled a list of pros and cons for each in order for you to make the best decision for your teeth!

Electric Toothbrush

Pros

electronic toothbrush

User-friendly: An electric toothbrush is easy to use. As long as you’re angling the brush head correctly, you are all set. Not to mention, electric brushing adds some thrill to the tedious act of cleaning your teeth!

Less Plaque: According to a consumer report published in 2015, electronic toothbrushes remove 21% more plaque than manual brushes. That is something to think about!

Braces: At times plaque can build up in hard to reach places, such as in your braces. If you’re having a hard time keeping your braces clean, it might be time to make the switch to a brush that has a vibrating feature.

Cons

Pricey: Electronic toothbrushes can add up. Once you buy a brush, which can be anywhere from $20-$200, you’ll need to consider purchasing brush heads about 4-5 times a year.

Breakable: Most electronics have a shelf life. Electronic toothbrushes should last a while, but there is always the possibility that you will need to upgrade eventually.

Extra Gadgets: Electronic brushes take up more space in your bathroom cabinet or your suitcase when traveling. If you travel a lot, you will need to pack your toothbrush, charger, extra batteries, and fresh brush heads.

Manual

Pros

Affordable: Toothbrushes only cost a few dollars and often times your dentist will give you a new one with every 6-month check-up!

Manageable: Your manual toothbrush will take up little space making your life easier!

Same Technique, Same Results: As long as you are following the American Dental Association tooth brushing recommendations, your teeth won’t notice the difference between a manual or electronic brush.

Cons

A Bit More Work: Unlike an electronic brush, you will need to do a little work in order to generate that circular and back and forth motion necessary to clean your teeth and gums properly.

So Many Options: You may find yourself spending more time than you’d prefer looking for a toothbrush since there are so many different kinds of brushes out there. Different head shapes, sizes, and bristles can make anyone’s head spin!

Set Your alarm: Many electronic brushes have built in timers that automatically shut off after 2 minutes of brushing. If you opt for a manual toothbrush, keep a look at the clock to make sure you’re putting in the correct time!

Find the Right Brush for You

Now that you have all the facts, happy brush hunting! Just remember, there is no right or wrong answer- only what works best for you.

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