Electric toothbrushes can cost hundreds of dollars, and for that kind of money, they had better do something. Some of the pricier options offer multiple settings, timers, replaceable components, and all sorts of lofty promises, from cleaner teeth to healthier gums, and dental bill reductions. But are they really worth the cost?
The answer, of course, is that it depends. Plenty of scientific studies have been conducted comparing manual vs electric toothbrushes, with multiple studies showing that, with proper brush technique, manual brushes can work just as well as electric brushes, and that the quality of brushing is generally more important than what type of brush is used, even in the cases of sonic toothbrushes whose vibrations clean teeth they're not even touching.
They did, however, find two potential benefits; firstly, that electric rotary brushes are better than manual brushes at removing plaque and preventing gingivitis, keeping teeth healthier in the process. Secondly, people using electric toothbrushes brush their teeth for longer periods of time compared to manual brushing, most likely due to ease of use, which is especially helpful to seniors and children.
So the bottom line really comes down to:
- Do you hate brushing your teeth?
- Yes? Then you'll benefit from an electric toothbrush.