Should I use an electric toothbrush or a manual toothbrush?

By September 29, 2017 General, Oral Health No Comments

Dental professionals are increasingly recommending the use of electric toothbrushes for their patients because of their potential to deliver superior plaque removal and better patient compliance with home-care. Studies support that the electric toothbrush removes more plaque that then manual toothbrush, actually as much as 11% more plaque than the manual toothbrush.

The design of the electric toothbrush head and the softness of the bristles contribute to the ease of use, effectiveness and safety. One advantage of electric toothbrushes is that it makes it easier to control the force applied to the teeth when brushing, thus making it less likely to cause damage to the gums. Very often patients use a medium bristle toothbrush or brush too hard. Electric toothbrushes make it easier for patients in orthodontic treatment, persons with impaired dexterity, children and adolescents with poor oral hygiene and with patients with difficult areas to access. Some of the better electric toothbrushes have timers on them. This encourages patients to brush for the full two minute which mean better plaque removal and better overall health.

We have found that patients struggle with three main issues: Brushing too hard, placing the brush on the teeth and not on the gums (technique of brushing) and insufficient time of brushing. For those reasons we highly recommend a good electric toothbrush but they are not all treated the same. We recommend brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.

If you have any questions with brushing techniques or which electric toothbrushes we recommend, please give us a call at 954-566-7479 or come by and see us at Premier Smile Center (2717 E.Oakland Park Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, FL33306.