While there is no scientific evidence that electric toothbrushes are better than manual Toothbrushes, it’s clear that they are not worse.
The majority of our staff use the Oral B Triumph electric toothbrush while some use the three-headed toothbrush made by Babiner Dental and both have found a decrease in the amount of plaque buildup. Perhaps it’s because they are brushing for the full two minutes or perhaps it’s because the toothbrush lets them know how long to brush in each section. For many people, an electric toothbrush can actually make dental care much easier. If you have dexterity problems or grip issues, an electric toothbrush can help.
Benefits of an Electric Toothbrush
The benefits listed below apply to the Oral B Triumph, which we stock in our office.
Pulsation/Oscillation: an electric toothbrush that spins in both directions can remove plaque and calculus better than a manual toothbrush. Pulsation (in-and-out movement) loosens plaque and oscillation (side-to-side movement) sweeps it away. This pulsation/oscillation is what experts claim makes an electric toothbrush better at removing plaque than a manual toothbrush.
Timer: an electric toothbrush that has a timer ensures that you brush as long as you should (two or three minutes). Most people brush less than a minute with a manual toothbrush.
Scrubbing: an electric toothbrush ensures that you stay gentle with your teeth and gums. If you apply too much pressure, the oscillating movement of the brush head will continue but the pulsation will stop. In addition to feeling the change, you will also hear a different sound. This feature is important for people who have a tendency to scrub their teeth or brush too vigorously.
Brushing modes: an electric toothbrush offers different brushing modes for varying oral care needs. This is beneficial for people who have sensitive teeth and gums.
Buyer beware: the difference in cost between electric toothbrushes comes down to the number of gadgets it has but more importantly, some of the less expensive electric toothbrushes only spin. They do not pulse or move from side to side which is what experts say get teeth cleaner.
The Bottom Line
There is no scientific evidence that electric toothbrushes are better than manual toothbrushes. Deciding whether to buy an electric or manual toothbrush basically comes down to what you desire as far as comfort and convenience go. Whatever toothbrush you decide to buy, remember that using it is what’s really important.
If you are not sure if an electric toothbrush is right for you, ask us at your next visit.
Have you ever stood at the electric toothbrush section at your local drugstore and wondered which one to buy? With the hundreds of electric toothbrushes on the market today, you’ve got to wonder, which is really the best toothbrush to buy? The best toothbrush that you can buy is the one that you will actually use. It really is that simple!