Is an Electric Toothbrush Better than a Manual Toothbrush?

by on November 17, 2019
Posted in blog, Oral Health

Brushing with Electric ToothbrushBrushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day is the foundation of proper oral health. Both electric and manual toothbrushes help remove plaque and reduce the risks of dental decay and gum disease. However, there some additional benefits one gains when upgrading to an electric toothbrush.


Benefit #1: Prevents you from using too much pressure when brushing.

One common issue with manual brushes is people will apply too much pressure when brushing which results in damaging the enamel on the teeth. An electric toothbrush vibrates, pulses, and spins to remove plaque from the teeth so it does all the work without the added pressure.


Benefit #2: More effective at plaque removal.

An electric toothbrush does a much better job of removing plaque from the teeth. Rotating toothbrush heads work better than other types of toothbrush heads. This is because they oscillate which helps remove more plaque.


Benefit #3: Perfect for anyone with mobility issues.

If you have arthritis, developmental disabilities, or carpal tunnel syndrome, using an electric toothbrush is easier than a manual one. All you have to do is hold the toothbrush and it does all the work.


Benefit #4: Always brush your teeth for the recommended two minutes.

Most electric toothbrushes now have built-in timers and other features to ensure you brush each quadrant of your teeth for the recommended time period. Some children’s toothbrushes even tell the kids what part of the mouth they should be brushing and when to switch quadrants.


Benefit #5: Helps increase brushing focus.

People tend to focus more on brushing their teeth when using an electric toothbrush. This is because they need to move the toothbrush slowly and have to think more about where the brush is on their teeth. As a result, you potentially improve your brushing skills for cleaner and healthier teeth.


Benefit #6: Better for people with braces and other orthodontic appliances.

Electric toothbrushes can get in between wires and other difficult areas to remove more plaque. It also makes brushing easier and can improve your overall oral health.


Benefit #7: Helps kids develop good brushing habits.

Electric toothbrushes seem to keep young kids more engaged when brushing their teeth. It also makes teaching toddlers easier for parents. Some electric toothbrushes for kids even use brushing app games to reinforce healthy brushing habits.


Benefit #8: Better for people with periodontal disease.

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease or an early stage of periodontal disease, using an electric toothbrush could help reverse the effects and restore your gums.


In addition to using an electric toothbrush and brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, remember to see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings at least twice a year. For help selecting the best electric toothbrush for your oral care needs or to schedule a dental checkup, please feel free to contact Kennedy Square Dental at (905) 789-7339 today!

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