Electric Vs. Regular Toothbrushes: Which Is Better?

22 September 2017

What do you and your family use at home to clean your teeth? Do you have a preference for an electric toothbrush, or do you think your regular brush is just fine? Ask a range of people and you will get a myriad of answers.

Electric brushes are the rage, but are they really better? Let’s find out.

The Basics

Regardless of what implement you and your family use to clean your teeth, there are some basic rules:

  • You should brush your teeth twice daily
  • You should floss at least once per day
  • You must replace your toothbrush or brush head as recommended
  • You should spend approximately two minutes brushing

All things being equal, we can proceed to the benefits of one over the other.

Why Use An Electric Toothbrush

An electric brush offers you a number of advantages over a manual one. Some of the newer ones have a timer built in so you know exactly how long to continue brushing. Many of us who are in a hurry (and aren’t we all) do a quickie brush and really don’t get fully clean.

If you have any physical issues like arthritis, an electric toothbrush will make this a less difficult chore each day. It also allows seniors with less dexterity to brush some areas of their mouth that are difficult to reach.

Electric devices help remove more plaque and thereby improve gum health.

Some brushes will indicate whether the user is pressing down too hard and damaging gums.

Others have bluetooth technology so you can actually see where you are brushing and if you effectively cleaning all areas of your mouth.

Many have oscillating heads that reach below the gum line.

Many hygienists recommend an electric brush since it helps to reduce inflammation, effectively removes plaque, and reduces sensitivity.

If you looking for a brighter smile, you will find that an electric toothbrush is excellent at removing stains.

Purchasing an electric toothbrush is a good investment in your oral health. It can help you to avoid costly treatments like scaling and root canals.

Some Points For A Manual Brush

First and foremost, a manual brush is inexpensive. For those on a tight budget, this may be the choice for now. In addition, they are easy to travel with.

They come in a variety of sizes, strengths, grips, and angles to fit everyone’s needs.

If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it! If you are having great check-ups and your dentist thinks a manual is doing the job for you, why change?

In the end, it is good practice to ask your dental professional about your personal oral health, what your problem areas are, and if you would benefit by switching to an electric brush.

Contact Oakville Place Dental Office with questions about the best brush for you
or to make an appointment.

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