Do Electric Toothbrushes Clean Better Than Regular Toothbrushes?
Since electric toothbrushes spin at a rate of about 30,000 strokes per minute it’s easy to believe that they clean better than a manual brushing. But is it true? We are all different and different things work better for some then others. So the answer is a bit complicated but overall it is – YES.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), both electric and manual toothbrushes do the job of removing plaque and bacteria from teeth. However, reports from the ADA also state that effectiveness is more about the way a person uses their toothbrush than whether or not it’s electric. At the same time, studies conducted by electric toothbrush manufacturers claim that patients who use electric toothbrushes report healthier smiles.
Essentially, when it comes to choosing the right toothbrush for you, you should weigh your options, consider your needs, and examine the pros and cons of each.
Manual Toothbrush Pros & Cons
Easy to take on flights and vacations
No charging or changing batteries
No timer to help brush for the recommended two minutes
May be difficult for some people to use properly
Easy to brush too hard which can cause damage
Electric Toothbrush Pros & Cons
Easier to use, especially for those with dexterity problems
Often feature a timer
May help following a proper technique easier
More expensive than manual toothbrushes
Typically bulky which can make storage or travel difficult
Overall, you should pick the toothbrush option that fits your needs best.
We recommend electric toothbrushes, as we have seen a significant improvement in patients who switched to electric toothbrushes. If you’re not sure or have any concerns or questions, talk with Dr. Carmichael about what she recommends depending on your needs and concerns.
Dr. Natalya Carmichael
General and Cosmetic Dentistry, Rancho Penasquitos, CA
9728 Carmel Mountain Rd. Suite B,
San Diego, CA 92129