Question of the Day: Do You Prefer an Electric or Manual Toothbrush?

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After investigating the debate between electric and manual shavers yesterday, I thought it might be a good idea to dig a little deeper into the topic of hygiene gadgets. In the previous poll, manual shavers have a commanding lead with over 40% of the vote-but I am curious to see if the same holds true for manual toothbrushes. So, the question is simple: do you prefer an electric or manual toothbrush?

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I'm all about the sonicare. Got a pack of 2 Elites from Costco for less than $100. and it included spares and a soft brush for sensitive gums. And a travel box.

But the reason I have it is because my teeth feel clean. The first time I used it(at the behest of my father) my teeth/gums felt funny. He told me to stick with it for a month and the feeling went away and all that was left was a clean feeling.

For me it's more than it being a good cleaning utensil. It forces me to actually brush for an entire 2 minutes instead of stopping way short and saying it's good enough. Since it marks every 30 seconds I know that each quadrant of my mouth is getting the same coverage.

I used to go to my dentist and he would constantly say that most peoples problem was not that they wouldn't brush 2 times a day, but that each time they brush they would only do it for maybe less than a minute missing massive sections of their teeth. If you have a proper electric with timers you'll notice that you focus on covering your entire teeth instead of just rushing through making it better regardless of whether it was electric or not.