31 Oct
Pros of Having an Electric Toothbrush
Cons of Having an Electric Toothbrush
Perfect pressureIt is hard to find a tooth brush head that fits
Circular MotionsThey can make a big mess
Kid friendlyThey can be super loud
Some are rechargeableBattery Powered ones add up in cost
Time how long you need to brush forHard to find a holder that fits

A lot of us are set in our ways. I had never used an electric toothbrush until about a year ago when my dentist recommended using one because of my autoimmune disorder affecting my gums. He said the electric toothbrush would help the gums heal and not be as inflamed as my body was fighting off further problems. I thought this was strange, but I was willing to give it a shot. What are the pros and cons of using an electric toothbrush?

Cons of Having an Electric Toothbrush

  1. They are engineered to be ideally pressured for brushing your teeth. Have you ever worried about brushing too hard? Many electric toothbrushes monitor how hard you're brushing. If you're pushing down too much, it will stop rotating.
  2. It brushes in a circular motion. Most dentists will recommend that you brush your teeth in a circular motion. The electric toothbrush does this for you. I have noticed that it can get in places ordinary toothbrushes wouldn't.
  3. I have a terrible habit of chewing on my toothbrush. I don't know how many people may have the same problem, but I quickly go through toothbrushes. An electric toothbrush is hard to chew because it vibrates your whole mouth. The brush itself doesn't wear out as fast. 
  4. Most kids enjoy pushing buttons on toys, electronics, and, believe it or not, toothbrushes. This is no different with an electric toothbrush. My kids get excited about the electric toothbrush!
  5. Some electric toothbrushes are rechargeable. I do not have one, but I've heard they are amazing. At least you don't go through a ton of batteries.
  6. Some electric toothbrushes sing songs for the amount of time you're supposed to brush. Only some of them do, but it is a nice bonus to get one that times how long you brush your teeth.
  7. Electric toothbrushes do very well on your gums. My gums are swollen because of my autoimmune disorder. The gentle brushing of the electric toothbrush relieves a lot of pain and swelling. Lifesaver!

Cons of Having an Electric Toothbrush

  1. If you don't have a rechargeable electric toothbrush, you may go through quite a few batteries. I remember the first electric toothbrush I had. It was super cheap and so drained the battery quickly. It was frustrating to change the battery more than I felt the toothbrush was worth. I have had the same batteries with my new toothbrush, and I've had it for over a year. It is a fantastic working toothbrush!
  2. This is frustrating! It is hard to find the same head that fits into your toothbrushes because you can only get ones from the store if you have the standard electric toothbrush.
  3. It sometimes feels like electric toothbrushes make more of a mess than regular toothbrushes. With the brush spinning 1,000,000 miles an hour, tiny drops of toothpaste are splattered all over the mirror and bathroom. If you don't believe me, try it! 
  4. When you brush your teeth with an electric toothbrush, that is about all you can do. I am a multitasker! When I brush my teeth with a regular toothbrush, I like to work on brushing my hair or putting on my socks while brushing my teeth. An electric toothbrush makes it much more complicated as it vibrates your whole skull.
  5. An electric toothbrush is louder than your typical hand toothbrush. Have you ever had company who gets up early in the morning to brush their teeth with a loud electric toothbrush? I have. I know I must be a light sleeper, and our house is not huge, but electric toothbrushes are annoyingly buzzy.
  6. Electric toothbrushes are fatter than hand toothbrushes. This makes it hard to store in ordinary toothbrush holders. 

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Written by: Sarah

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