Electric toothbrushes are very popular, but are they significantly better than manual ones?
Research shows that there may be a mild difference in total plaque accumulation when comparing health outcomes between people who use manual versus electric toothbrushes. That difference does become more pronounced as the months go by, too.
When it comes to preventing gingivitis, the inflammation process in the gums that precedes full-blown gum disease, electric toothbrushes are also somewhat more effective than manual ones. However, the difference is even less significant than with plaque.
The best choice of toothbrush depends on the individual. Whether manual or electric, the toothbrush that helps you consistently commit to brushing 2-3 times a day for at least two minutes per session is the one that’s best for you.
When Is an Electric Toothbrush Superior to a Manual One?
Even though electric toothbrushes don’t outperform manual ones in pure cleaning power, some people can get substantial benefits from them. You might consider one in any of these situations:
Limited Manual Dexterity
Elders and others who have limited dexterity can enjoy an electric toothbrush because it provides its own motion, usually mimicking the circular brush stroke that many dentists recommend to maximize cleaning. All you have to do is ensure you guide the brush to every tooth.
Braces and Restorations
The bristles on an electric toothbrush tend to be narrower and come to a finer point than those used on a manual brush. With that in mind, they can provide more precise cleaning. This can be useful for anyone who has braces or dental restorations that can be finicky to clean.
If you have sensitive gums, some electric toothbrushes can help you make sure you don’t irritate them by pressing down too hard. These brushes may include a sensor to automatically gentle the brush motion when necessary.
Those Who Don’t Like Brushing
From kids to adults, some people find brushing their teeth to be a chore. Electric brushes make it as easy as it can possibly be, so you are less likely to put it off. Many modern electric toothbrushes come with built-in timers to ensure you have brushed for long enough.
Get the Most from Your Brushing With a Dentist You Trust
No matter what style of toothbrush you prefer, it’s essential to have a dentist you can rely on for a regular cleaning and dental health exam. Even when you do everything possible to protect your teeth, only a dentist can catch early signs of problems before they become serious.
To find out more or set an appointment, just contact Central Avenue Dental.