There are 2 main kinds of electric toothbrushes:
- Vibrating toothbrushes (the whole brush shakes)
- Oscillating toothbrushes (the bristles move side-to-side)
There’s a big difference here: oscillating electric toothbrushes are far more effective than vibrating brushes.
We do NOT recommend vibrating electric toothbrushes, and the rest of this article will address oscillating electric brushes ONLY.
With that out of the way, what are the pros and cons of an oscillating electric toothbrush?
Well, they’re easier to use than manual toothbrushes. Rather than having to use physical strength and dexterity to clean your teeth, you only have to move the brush around all your teeth—the oscillating bristles do the actual cleaning part for you.
Electric toothbrushes are widely considered more effective than manual toothbrushes at removing plaque and tartar.
They’re also more expensive—at least, initially. Once you’ve purchased the initial brush handle, all you have to do is buy new brush heads every 3 months, which is only slightly more expensive than buying new manual brushes.
Electric toothbrushes are also, you know, electric. Which means they have to be plugged in and charged. However, every electric toothbrush comes with its own charging station, most of which are very easy to use.