Is an Electric Toothbrush Better for My Teeth?

July 29, 2020

Drawing of a manual toothbrush vs an electric toothbrush against a teal background

Electric toothbrushes are regularly recommended by dental professionals because they deliver a powerful cleaning experience for your teeth with minimal effort. Below, we outline the reasons why you should consider switching to an electric toothbrush from a manual toothbrush.

What Is an Electric Toothbrush?

Electric toothbrushes are toothbrushes that do the heavy lifting for you while you brush. While you should still brush your teeth using gentle circular motions, an electric toothbrush with rapid oscillating, rotating, and pulsating motion easily loosens up plaque and food particles. They must be charged but many hold their charge for a reasonable amount of time and come with portable chargers.

The best kind of electric toothbrush has a timer to ensure that you’re brushing your teeth for the recommended two minutes each time. Others have different cleaning heads, speeds, and Bluetooth connectivity depending on your individual brushing goals.

Benefits of an Electric Toothbrush

Many patients find that an electric toothbrush is more helpful at preventing decay, cavities, bad breath, and gum disease than a manual toothbrush. This is because electric toothbrushes:

  • Make brushing more enjoyable and feel less like work
  • Are excellent for those with grip/dexterity issues or braces that make brushing a challenge
  • Turn off to prevent excess brushing pressure, which could cause gum irritation and enamel damage
  • Encourage brushing for the full two minutes each time

Are Electric Toothbrushes Expensive?

Electric toothbrushes are more expensive than manual toothbrushes. However, there are many high-quality brushes for less than $100. Most patients don’t need all the bells and whistles of the fancier brushes. Keep in mind that you need to replace your brush heads about every three months and after being sick like you would a manual toothbrush.

Consult with Our Team!

Are you considering switching to an electric toothbrush? Heritage Dental, your friendly dentist in Katy, TX, can help you choose an option that’s perfect for your unique smile. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn about our comprehensive dental services and modern dental office!