Regular Toothbrush vs Electric - What's Better?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

If a manual toothbrush is used for the appropriate amount of time, and done with proper technique, it can perform as well as an electric toothbrush. At Lechner Dental Group, often times we see people don’t brush for the recommended two to three minutes.

While there is no major benefit for certain groups to use an electric toothbrush, some groups will benefit. The two biggest group who can benefit from an electric toothbrush are those with a health issue or condition and children. People who have coordination problems, arthritis, braces, or gum disease can prevent you from properly remove plaque from your teeth. Additionally, any parent will tell you that their children do not have proper brushing techniques. An electric toothbrush will help to make up for their poor technique and also will make them want to brush longer as they are enamored by the toothbrush. 

The argument is not just one between people. The American Dental Association (ADA) weighed in saying manual toothbrushes can be just as effective as powered ones. This is, of course, dependent on your technique and brush time.

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