This is one of our most frequently asked questions! Since the development of the modern electric toothbrush, many have wondered whether or not it is actually more beneficial than a manual toothbrush. Although using a manual toothbrush can be effective, some studies have concluded that in general, an electric toothbrush is more effective than its counterpart.
Our answer? It’s not the brush that matters, it’s who’s doing the brushing.
Let’s break that down. The goal of tooth brushing is to remove plaque from your teeth on a consistent (daily!) basis, so that we prevent the buildup of tartar which leads to tooth decay. A manual toothbrush is a great and inexpensive tool that helps us do just that. Make sure to brush two minutes per day, twice a day. Gently brush ALL surfaces and make sure to reach those back molars.
In order to achieve the results of an electric toothbrush while using a manual toothbrush, one would have to be very fastidious with their oral hygiene habits. If you are prone to tooth decay or have a history of gum disease, our dentists and team may recommend that you switch to an electric toothbrush to improve your oral health.
For some people, it can be difficult to brush properly with a manual toothbrush. Those with some form of motor disability or arthritis may benefit from using an electric toothbrush. An electric brush can also be helpful for kids or anyone with braces.
The reason the electric toothbrush is so beneficial is due to the particular movements and vibrations that occur with that form of toothbrush that cannot be duplicated with human movements in a traditional brush. With Philips Sonicare brushes, the brushes produce sonic vibrations that gently remove plaque and debris from the teeth. Rotating toothbrushes from Oral-B® have small spinning heads that can access difficult-to-reach areas of the mouth.
The same tooth brushing rules apply – two times per day, two minutes at a time. One advantage of an electric toothbrush is that some have a built-in timer. If you’re one of those quick brushers who has a hard time making it to two minutes, consider using a timed electric brush. And, as always, don’t forget to floss!
During your dental appointment at Seablue Dental of Kent, our dentists can speak with you about your oral hygiene habits and may offer suggestions as to how to improve your brushing techniques.
If you have any questions about your options or want advice about which variety of toothbrush would be right for your needs, call Seablue Dental at 253-336-3000. One of our team members will gladly speak with you to answer your questions.