Mechanical vs. Normal Toothbrush – Which is Better?

Mechanical toothbrushes have recently grown in popularity, but many people still stick with a manual toothbrush, believing it works just as well. If you regularly brush your teeth (which I hope everyone reading this does), you are probably wondering if it is worth it to buy an electric toothbrush.

I have used a mechanical toothbrush for as long as I can remember. I am so used to using one that I actually forgot what it was like to use a manual toothbrush. I remember there being a week in college where I forgot my toothbrush at home, but I had a manual spare one with me. When I put the toothbrush against my teeth, I was so confused because nothing was happening. Then I remembered nothing was supposed to happen because that was the point of a manual toothbrush.

Meanwhile my friend, who was also my roommate at the time, had used a manual toothbrush his whole life. He claimed that mechanical toothbrushes just made us lazy and that they don’t work any better than a manual one.

He may have been right about the lazy part, but I’m not so sure about the latter.

Studies have shown that although you can thoroughly clean your teeth with either a mechanical or manual toothbrush, electric toothbrushes do a better job in cleaning your mouth. Researchers from Cochrane found that after three months of use, electric toothbrushes reduce dental plaque 21% more and gingivitis 11% more when compared to manual toothbrushes.

So, mechanical toothbrushes do seem to clean better than manual ones. But, is it worth the extra money to buy a mechanical one?

According to Dr. Jay Friedman, if you don’t already have gingivitis, it shouldn’t matter which toothbrush you use. So, the choice of whether or not it is worth it is up to you.

Do you use a mechanical or a manual toothbrush? Let me know in the comments!

1Jefferson Dental Care
2Consumer Reports
3Web MD


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