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Manual and electric toothbrushes are both great options—as long as you’re brushing at a 45-degree angle on your gums and use a soft bristled brush. However, there are pros and cons of both. We’ve compiled a list to help you make the best decision for your teeth.

Electric Toothbrush: Pros

  • An electric toothbrush is easy to use. Not to mention, electric brushing is an exciting way to clean your teeth.
  • According to a consumer report, electronic toothbrushes remove 21% more plaque than manual brushes.
  • 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.
  • Lots of electric toothbrushes have a built-in timer. If you find yourself racing through your dental hygiene routine, an electric toothbrush can help automatically slow things down for you.

Electric Toothbrush: Cons

  • 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 every three months.
  • 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.
  • 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 Toothbrush: Pros

  • Toothbrushes only cost a few dollars, there aren’t extra parts, and your dentist will give you a new one with every 6-month check-up.
  • Your manual toothbrush takes up little space.
  • If you opt for a manual toothbrush, keep a look at the clock to make sure you’re putting in the correct time.

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A healthy mouth is an important part of overall health. Is yours as healthy as it could be? Schedule an appointment today and we’ll get you on your way to a brighter smile.