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Dentist Explains the Pros, Cons of Electric & Manual Toothbrushes August 8, 2017

Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Dentist Explains the Pros, Cons of Electric & Manual Toothbrushes, Cincinnati, Ohio

The electric toothbrush has amassed quite a following in recent years—but how do they compare to their traditional counterparts? There are advantages to both choices. Below, Cincinnati, OH, dentist, Dr. Robert Petrtyl expands on these points to help you determine which is right for you. 

Electric Toothbrushes


dentistA significant benefit of the electric toothbrush is its ease of use. This is an excellent selling point for those who are reluctant to brush twice a day, as well as for children, as the mechanisms can incite enthusiasm to brush. Also, many options include a built-in timer, which tells the user when cleaning is complete. 


Electric toothbrushes can be an investment. If you’ve ever taken the time to price one against a traditional model, you’ve likely seen a price difference. However, if you are more inclined to use an electric model over manual, the investment may pay for itself the next time you visit your local dentist office.

The size of an electric toothbrush is something to consider, especially for those who value bathroom counter space or travel regularly. The actual toothbrush is roughly double the size of a traditional brush and must regularly be charged on a station.

Manual Toothbrushes


Traditional toothbrushes afford users added control over the way they brush. With a manual tool, you can determine how hard or fast to clean your teeth, gums, tongue, and cheeks. This often results in a more comfortable experience, as the constant vibrations of an electric toothbrush can sometimes aggravate those with sensitivity issues. 

Manual toothbrushes are also far more cost-effective than electric brushes. They do not take up nearly as much room, either, making storage and travel much easier, especially since there are no additional parts.


To obtain thorough daily teeth cleaning, manual toothbrush users must possess excellent brushing skills. This can be a problem for those who miss spots or do not take the time to clean properly. Also, those who suffer from arthritis or motor difficulties may find using this variety of toothbrushes more challenging, due to the amount of dexterity it requires.

If you’re still unsure which option is right for you, Dr. Robert Petrtyl is the dentist to call. Backed by over 30 years of preventative, cosmetic, restorative, and pediatric dentistry experience, you can depend on Dr. Petrtyl for the personalized, gentle, high-quality care and attention you deserve. Visit his practice online or call (513) 554-4657 to schedule an appointment.

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