Is There a Quality Difference Between a Manual and Electric Toothbrush

Is There a Quality Difference Between a Manual and Electric Toothbrush

Posted by Ralph Reilly on August 9, 2018
Ralph Reilly

There are pros and cons for both a manual and electric toothbrush but when it comes to a quality clean, manual toothbrushes can’t even compare to an electric toothbrush.

Yeah, manual toothbrushes are inexpensive, don’t require batteries or remembering to hook it up to a charger. The colors, head shape and bristle options for a manual brush seem to be endless and they are quick and easy to pack for those summer vacations. But they just don’t get the job done like an electric one can.

On average, a person manually creates 300 strokes a minute with a manual toothbrush. Unfortunately, since we live in a time where we are always in a hurry to get things done, many people actually only brush their teeth for 30 seconds! That is not even remotely enough time to protect your teeth from decay and your gums from disease.

The awesome thing about an electric toothbrush is that many run at 30,000 strokes a minute! The manual toothbrush can’t even compare. There is an enormous difference in the cleaning ability between a manual and power assisted brush and there is plenty of research to back it up.

Since most people spend far too little time brushing their teeth the benefits of an electric toothbrush can actually help keep them on track. Most power toothbrushes have timers that allow you to know how long you have been brushing and some actually won’t turn off til the timer goes off. Taking two minutes twice a day and systematically brushing throughout your mouth with an electric toothbrush would be amazing for your oral health.

So, you do the math. Be honest with yourself, if you brush for 30 seconds you are only getting 150 strokes. Do you think that is enough to maintain oral health? Or if you were to use an electric powered brush you would average 60,000 strokes every 2 minutes, making sure you don’t miss any spots. Just looking at the math shows an enormous difference in the cleaning ability between a manual toothbrush and power-assisted toothbrush. For most people, particularly those with gum disease, having a power-assisted toothbrush is the best option.

If you are looking to help improve your oral home care I recommend that most people use a power toothbrush. If you have more questions in regards to which power toothbrush, whether oscillating or sonic and which brands we believe would work best for you, we’d love to chat with you at your next appointment!

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