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Manual vs. Electric Toothbrushes: Which Is Best?


Both manual and electric toothbrushes are effective in removing plaque and tartar accumulation from our patients' teeth in Summerlin; however, each type of toothbrush has its advantages and disadvantages. If you've been debating whether or not to invest in an electric toothbrush, here are some advantages and disadvantages of each option for your consideration.

Toothbrush Pros

Each product offers some advantages that the others don't have to offer. Our dental customers in Summerlin should find this list helpful in determining which option best suits their needs.

Traditional Toothbrush

• Simple to gain access to: Manual toothbrushes are widely available and can even be purchased in convenience stores and gas stations. There is no guarantee that they are of high quality, but they are available everywhere.

• Inexpensive: Who, after all, has the right to complain about a product that, for a relatively small investment, has the potential to make one's teeth last significantly longer?

• It is simple to transport; simply place it in a bag, and you are ready to embark on an adventure anywhere in the globe. (However, I do suggest placing it in a cover so that it is shielded from any bacteria that may be there.)

Toothbrush with an Electric Motor

• A superior cleaning: It has been demonstrated that using an electric toothbrush, which provides vibration and/or a circular motion, results in a more complete cleaning than using a manual toothbrush.

• The optimal amount of pressure, which includes:

To use the toothbrush, you need just to have a light grip on it in one hand and move it around in your mouth in a circular motion. Your teeth and gums receive just the appropriate amount of pressure, which helps to protect them from injury.

People who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis will find that using an electric toothbrush is much simpler than using a manual toothbrush due to the fact that the electric toothbrush does the majority of the work for the user.

• Increased awareness: When a person goes to the extra effort to get an electric toothbrush, they become more conscious of the procedures that they use when they brush their teeth. It is possible to noticeably improve the effectiveness of your tooth-brushing routine just by paying closer attention to the technique you employ.

• Timers: The majority of electric toothbrushes are equipped with their own built-in clocks. These timers serve two purposes: first, they assist users become more conscious of how long they should be brushing for, and second, they ensure that they are brushing for the appropriate amount of The mouth is sectioned off into four quadrants, and it is recommended that each quadrant be brushed for a full minute. Some powered toothbrushes may beep or signal you in some other way after each 30-second interval, instructing you to go on to the next quadrant, and then will shut off automatically after two minutes of use.

• Useful Applications: You did read that sentence correctly. Powered toothbrushes typically come packaged with their very own app in today's modern world. When done with children, the activity can be entertaining and involved, and the participants can learn the correct way to brush their teeth. The number of times a child brushes their teeth can be monitored by the parents.

Adults who use the app for themselves can receive notifications when it is time to replace the head of their toothbrush or when they are brushing their teeth with too much force.

Toothbrush Cons

There is always some aspect of a positive thing that can be improved. The disadvantages of owning each product are listed below.


Some manual toothbrushes have huge heads that are difficult to reach into the back of your mouth. As a result, it is nearly impossible to clean all areas of your teeth with one of these brushes since they are tough to manipulate.

• Brushing too vigorously: many people are under the impression that the more vigorously they brush their teeth, the cleaner their teeth will be. This is a widespread fallacy. The part of the bristles that are responsible for cleaning are the tips. When you put pressure on a toothbrush, you are effectively cleaning the sides of your teeth using the bristles that are on the sides of the toothbrush. This will result in unsatisfactory outcomes and the wearing away of enamel.

• Improper bristles You should only use a toothbrush with soft or extra-soft bristles, but many of the manual alternatives sold in stores have bristles that are medium or hard, which can cause damage to the enamel on your teeth as well as the gum tissue around them.

Toothbrush with an Electric Motor

• Costly: The price of an electric toothbrush can range anywhere from five dollars to three hundred dollars, depending on the features that are most important to the buyer.

•Can make traveling more difficult.

Even though the majority of electric toothbrushes can maintain their charge for a few days, if you are going to be gone for a longer period of time than usual, it is highly likely that you will need to charge your toothbrush. This means that you will need to make space in your luggage for both your charger and your charging station. In addition, if you are going to be traveling outside of the country, the type of energy that is common there might not be compatible with the charger that you have. IN LIGHT OF THIS FACT, manufacturers such as Sonicare and Oral-B have incorporated a convenient manner to transport their toothbrushes into their designs. Additionally, the more recent models are equipped with a charger that is attached to the carrying bag and connects into any standard USB connection, making it simple to transport. Oh, and another additional plus is that the case of all of these brands can contain two toothbrush heads. This means that if you are traveling with a companion, it will be that much easier for both of you!

Vibration: Sonicare and Oral-B electric toothbrushes clean by vibrating (Sonicare) or spinning (Oral-B). The majority of the time, you will become accustomed to this, despite the fact that it can occasionally be ticklish, untidy, or uncomfortable to certain individuals. Because of this, there are some people who can't stand the feeling and won't even use an electric toothbrush because of it.

Locating appropriate replacement heads: The head of powered toothbrushes typically detaches so that it can be discarded once it has served its purpose. Because some manufacturers want to guarantee that you will only purchase their product, there may be no other heads available that are compatible with your base. This means that you will have to purchase new heads only from those manufacturers.

Don't Neglect to Have Your Teeth Cleaned by Your Dentist in Summerlin!

Plaque will always remain on your teeth, no matter how much money you spend on your toothbrush or how often you clean them. This is true regardless of how well you take care of your teeth. It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, for a toothbrush to remove plaque that has hardened and turned into tartar buildup. Because of this, it is extremely important to schedule regular appointments with our dentist in Summerlin. You should try to get your teeth cleaned professionally at least twice a year in order to maintain good oral health.

In Summerlin, Nevada, the most highly recommended dentist is Summerlin Dental Solutions, where you'll find Dr. Marianne Cohan and the rest of the warm and welcoming staff. We can't wait to get to know you better and assist you in taking care of your teeth for many years to come! Give us a call right now.





Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.



851 S Rampart Blvd #230, Las Vegas, NV 89145 | (702) 341-9160
851 S Rampart Blvd #230, Las Vegas, NV 89145 | (702) 341-9160