The Pros and Cons of Mechanical Toothbrushes

The Pros and Cons of Mechanical Toothbrushes

Posted by DENTAL HEALTH PC on Jul 8 2021, 09:06 PM

Brushing your teeth is a part of most people’s daily routine, but we often brush our teeth without understanding how it is benefitting our teeth and gums. Your toothbrush plays a vital role in helping your teeth fight against cavities and control the accumulation of plaque-forming tartar. If you don’t use a good toothbrush, then you put your whole dental hygiene at risk, which significantly affects your overall health. Many studies claim that there is a link between oral concerns to heart disease, diabetes, or other health problems. So, this is the right time to choose the right toothbrush for yourself.

Should I go with a mechanical toothbrush?

This question is very relevant. It would be best if you consider some factors before selecting the right toothbrush. To make it easier for you, we have listed both the pros and cons of the toothbrush you think would be perfect for you. 

The Pros of Mechanical Toothbrushes

Mechanical or electric toothbrushes provide a wide range of benefits that makes them unique and better than manual toothbrushes. Some of its pros are:

  • Mechanical toothbrushes perform gentle cleaning.
  • Mechanical toothbrushes are less abrasive than manual toothbrushes. 
  • If used properly, they can effectively remove plaque on your teeth.
  • There is often an inbuilt timer inside mechanical toothbrushes which gives you the chance to track accurate brushing time.
  • These electric toothbrushes are very easy and convenient to use.
  • They make a great and useful option for children and folks with disabilities.
  • If you have braces, then it might be quite hard to clean teeth with a manual toothbrush, so this mechanical toothbrush again makes a great choice in such a case. 
  • You will feel more enthusiastic about brushing your teeth.
  • For people who suffer certain health conditions like arthritis, a mechanical toothbrush can make brushing your teeth less painful and more effective.

The Cons of Mechanical Toothbrushes  

Along with so many advantages, mechanical toothbrushes also have a few downsides:

  • Electric toothbrushes or mechanical toothbrushes are battery-powered and require replacement heads, making them much more expensive than traditional toothbrushes.
  • You need to be careful about not overcharging the toothbrush. Just like any other electrical device, when the battery gets damaged, it is of no use. 

The Bottomline

No matter which toothbrush you use for yourself, it’s how you brush that matters. It is not about choosing a high-tech, expensive or cheap toothbrush, as none of this helps if the way you brush your teeth is wrong. If you decide to go with a mechanical toothbrush, you have many models available. Still, select the one with the ADA Seal of Approval on it. 

If you are going with a manual toothbrush, avoid using a hard-bristled toothbrush because they might hurt your gums, and continuous use might irritate them. 


If you are still confused about choosing your right toothbrush, you can consult our dentist at Dental Health PC, Corvallis, OR. Call us at (541) 757-1829 or schedule an appointment online to know more about the toothbrush you wish to choose.

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