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Electric VS Manual Toothbrushes

Do you NEED an electric toothbrush?


I have received several questions about this because it’s a good question! Electric vs. manual toothbrushes!

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Manufacturers are pushing electric toothbrushes stating their superiority. Are they really better than a manual toothbrush or is this just another marketing scheme?



DO DENTISTS RECOMMEND ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSHES FOR BRUSHING?

It is recommended to brush at least twice a day for 2 minutes. You can choose to do so with a manual or electric toothbrush. If following the recommended hygiene instructions and diet but if you're struggling with cavities, build-up, or gum irritation, I absolutely would suggest trying an electric toothbrush. My favorite is the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart. I've had mine for over 3 years and it's functioning effectively!



HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU BRUSH YOUR TEETH?

At a minimum of two times.


In the morning: to decrease the oral bacterial growth that occurs when we sleep and reduce bad breath.


Before bed: to eliminate bacteria food sources from residual food left behind after eating and plaque accumulation.


It usually is not emphasized what type of toothbrush (electric vs manual) because this is patient-specific. For quite some time, I was unable to use an electric toothbrush because I absolutely hated the vibration! So, I understand that it’s not for everyone.


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ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH BENEFITS- why are electric toothbrushes 'better'?

  • Electric toothbrushes require less physical manipulation to clean teeth because it does most of the work.

  • The toothbrush head is usually smaller to access difficult-to-reach areas.

  • A built-in timer that will keep you on track for the recommended brushing time (2 minutes feel a lot longer when you’re just brushing!).



TO WHOM DO DENTISTS RECOMMEND USING AN ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH?

  • Anyone who lacks dexterity or has difficulty using their hands from issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

  • Children because they have difficulty assessing time and may not have the attention span or understanding of how to clean their teeth.

  • Adults who lack the attention span or willpower to brush for a full two minutes.

  • To those who still have plaque buildup regardless of brushing efficiently with a manual toothbrush.



CAN I GET THE SAME RESULTS WITH A MANUAL TOOTHBRUSH?

Absolutely! Yes, you can if used properly!


  • Use your manual toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums.

  • Using circular motion clean all surfaces of the teeth.

  • Use a timer or look at a clock (if you have a clock in your bathroom) to ensure a two-minute brushing routine.

  • Do an after-brushing check to ensure that all plaque build-up is removed



What can I do if I don't want to use an electric toothbrush?

  • Use your manual toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums.

  • Using circular motion clean all surfaces of the teeth.

  • Use a timer or look at a clock (if you have a clock in your bathroom) to ensure a two-minute brushing routine.

  • Do an after-brushing check to ensure that all plaque buildup is removed.




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