The Great Debate: Manual Or Electric Toothbrushes

african american man smiling while holding a toothbrush( — Is it the perceived superiority of electric toothbrushes over manual toothbrushes that appeals to consumers? Or is it our obsession with technology that has us reaching for them in the dental-care aisle?

Electric toothbrushes have become very popular in recent years and some say they provide superior dental care. But how does using an electric toothbrush actually stand up to good, old-fashioned manual brushing?

The Advantages of a Manual Toothbrush (there actually are some):

• Cost and availability—It’s inexpensive and accessible. Electric toothbrushes may simply be too expensive for many people, and truly, you can do a fine job brushing with a manual toothbrush.

• Light and portable—It’s easy to take a manual toothbrush with you when you travel. It weighs practically nothing and it’s not bulky like an electric toothbrush. You’ll be less likely to let your good dental care habits lapse on vacation with a toothbrush that packs like a dream.