There’s many a debate raging in the dental community, but today we want to weigh in on one of the most popular ones: are electric or traditional toothbrushes better? In fact, this is one of the most frequently asked questions at Atlantic Dental Partners. Dr. Gupta and our team can provide an individualize recommendation for you during your next office visit, but today we want to go over the pros and cons of each.
Traditional toothbrushes give you total control over how long, how fast, and how hard you brush your teeth. For folks with sensitive teeth or certain other dental issues, a traditional toothbrush provides the most comfortable brush. Traditional toothbrushes are also much cheaper, less bulky, and easier to use that electronic brushes.
Electronic toothbrushes are all the rage these days, and for good reason. They make brushing easier and more fun as they clean your teeth with anywhere from 3,000 to 6,000 strokes per minute. However, this doesn’t mean that you can skip out on brushing for two full minutes! To help you remember, many electronic toothbrushes come equipped with a timer. However, there are several drawbacks to electronic toothbrushes. Even the cheapest electronic toothbrushes are many times more expensive than conventional toothbrushes, and high-end models can cost hundreds of dollars. Electronic toothbrushes also take up more valuable bathroom counter real estate than a conventional brush. Additionally, people with limited dexterity or grip strength may find electronic toothbrushes difficult to maneuver.
No matter which toothbrush you use, be sure you’re using a brush with soft bristles to avoid damaging your enamel. You should brush your teeth twice every day for two minutes each time to ensure a sparkling clean. To ask our team any other questions about the different types of toothbrushes or to schedule your next visit, call our office today.