Electric Brush vs. Manual Brushes
Preventive dentistry is about more than just visiting your Riverside dentist twice yearly for an exam and thorough cleaning. In fact, the majority of your preventive care is done at-home as a part of your normal hygiene routine. Many people use manual toothbrushes to remove debris and plaque from their teeth. However, electric brushes have become widely popular in recent years, leaving some to wonder whether one type is better than the other.
Did you know…
the American Dental Association does not lean toward one type of brush over the other? It does, however, acknowledge that people with upper body mobility restrictions may better benefit from an electric toothbrush instead of a manual brush. Regardless of which type you decide is right for you, the ADA recommends that all brushes be soft-bristled so as to avoid receding gum lines and tooth abrasion.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which toothbrush should I be using?
You can effectively brush your teeth with either a manual toothbrush or an electric one. However, the rapid movements of motorized versions may be more effective at removing plaque from the teeth and gum line and gentler on the teeth and gums if used properly. Also, many electric toothbrushes have a two minute timer which will help you brush for the proper amount of time. If you have questions about which toothbrush is best for you, speak with one of our hygienist at your recare visit to determine which brush best suits your needs.
What types of results should I be getting from by toothbrush?
Regardless of whether you choose an electric brush or a manual brush, it should be easy for you to maneuver in your mouth and behind your back teeth. If the head is too big, it may not be effectively removing plaque from your teeth. If used properly your electric toothbrush will remove the plaque, stimulate your gums and help to minimize gum wear caused from brushing too vigorously with a manual brush.
My electric toothbrush was expensive. Do I need to change it as often as a manual brush?
Yes. Your toothbrush head should be replaced at least once every three to four months or whenever you notice fraying. Most electric toothbrushes come with interchangeable heads so you won’t need to replace the entire device – only the brush itself.