Is An Electric Toothbrush Really Better for My Teeth?

Is An Electric Toothbrush Really Better for My Teeth?
June 8, 2017 Jennifer Krupa
In Blog

It’s a question we are often asked and, in a word – yes. It really is and for a variety of reasons. Research shows that those who use electric toothbrushes realized 20 percent less plaque and 11 percent less gingivitis than a control group that only used manual toothbrushes. Frankly, that study is 20 years old and electric toothbrush technology has seen dramatic improvements since then. In fact, most electric toothbrushes can now remove almost 100% of the plaque that builds up on your teeth. That means a lot less time in the chair during regular dental cleanings!

Almost every parent we know struggles with not just getting kids to brush – but to brush properly. Electric toothbrushes are often seen as “fun” for children and you’ll find they brush longer and actually enjoy it. There are even many inexpensive battery operated toothbrushes with favorite cartoon characters and super heroes that delight children. Despite the obvious marketing ploys, these brushes actually do a good job and when it comes to getting kids to brush – whatever works, right? Perhaps best of all, most electric toothbrushes have built-in timers to let kids (and adults) know when they’ve brushed enough.

Electric toothbrushes can also be a tremendous help to elderly people or those who suffer painful arthritis or dexterity problems, and experience difficulty holding and properly manipulating a manual toothbrush.

There was a time when electric powered toothbrushes were seen as a luxury item, but they are much more affordable and available today. Of course, there are many brands, varieties and styles of electric toothbrushes out there, so it really comes down to personal preference. Your dentist or hygienist may have a personal preference they can share with you during your next visit.