Recently, I’ve been contemplating getting an electronic toothbrush. Why? Well, probably the #1 reason is laziness. There are some mornings/nights that I just don’t have the energy to move my wrist and apply pressure to my teeth for a full 2 minutes.
The second reason for getting an electronic toothbrush, which still has to be confirmed via Google, is whether or not an electronic version is more ‘green’ than its manual counterpart. One thing’s for certain is that the cheapie throwaway electronic brushes certainly aren’t good for the environment as you cannot change the heads and they’re made out of bulky, non-recyclable plastic!
(I’ve actually begged my bf to stop buying them for me because I feel guilty once they’re ready for the trash.)
Probably the third pro for switching to electronic is that it supposedly gets your teeth cleaner. According to Adria Vasil’s Ecoholic Body, the oscillating types are particularly better for cleaning than the type that just moves back ‘n forth.
And now for the cons: The added expense of electronic toothbrushes, the replacement heads alone seem to be average $10/brush and again, the uncertainty of whether or not they’re more environmentally-friendly in the long run. How often do you replace the head? And what do you do with the unit once the battery dies, within 3-5yrs?
So SCers, when it comes to toothbrushes, do you prefer manual or electronic?