toothbrush dental tools The gadgets you can use to clean your teeth have evolved over the years, giving patients a variety of effective ways to clean their teeth. But which is best for you?

If you’re confused about which tools can help you keep your teeth in their best shape, this post from your Scarborough dentist is perfect for you. Keep reading to get the most out of your at-home dental hygiene routine.

The Pros and Cons of Manual Brushes

Manual toothbrushes have been a tried and true tool for effectively cleaning teeth. Here are some of the most positive aspects of the traditional toothbrush.


One of the best aspects of a traditional toothbrush is that you have complete control of the way that you brush your teeth. Ultimately, you can decide to brush fast, slow, hard, or softly. The results that come with manual toothbrushes completely depend on your diligence, which is great for patients that are committed to optimizing your oral health.


Just as having ultimate control over your brushing can be considered a positive aspect of the traditional toothbrush, it can quickly turn into a con if you’re not actively brushing your teeth as directed by your dentist. Maintaining clean teeth can be difficult if you don’t take the time to properly brush your teeth or if you have difficulty trying to hold your toothbrush correctly.

The Pros and Cons of Electric Toothbrushes

Many dentists recommend using electric toothbrushes because even if you’re not diligently brushing your teeth as much as you should be, every time an electric toothbrush is used it’s implementing hundreds of strokes per minute! Here are a few more positives about electric toothbrushes.


A big advantage that electric toothbrushes have is that they are generally more exciting to use than regular toothbrushes. They can be a great alternative for people that may not enjoy brushing their teeth—or even for children who don’t look forward to their dental routine. They can also be great for patients that have dexterity issues because they can simply run the brush over their teeth for two minutes rather than actively scrubbing.


The most negative aspect of an electric toothbrush is their cost. Even the cheapest electric toothbrushes can be considered expensive, but the costs for a high-quality electric brush is especially costly. Along with the initial cost of the original toothbrush and the charging base, the rotating heads must be replaced periodically, just like your typical manual toothbrush.

Some people find the vibrations of an electric toothbrush to be soothing while others find that they feel more productive when using a manual brush. Ultimately, the decision is yours! You can also receive helpful advice from your dentist.

Meet Your Dentists

Dr. Samantha Amaro and Dr. Arti Patel have always been your friendly, gentle local dentists. These two dental experts are here to help you ever step o the way when it comes to keeping your teeth clean. So, if you ever have any questions regarding the tools you should be using or need any other advice, feel free to contact our Scarborough office!