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Are Electric Toothbrushes Better Than Manual Ones?

Posted on December 27, 2019

Brushing for two minutes twice per day is the best way to care for teeth and gums at home. It keeps your mouth healthy by removing food particles and acids, which can help to prevent tooth decay. However, getting the most value from your time spent brushing starts with finding the right toothbrush.

There are two general types of toothbrushes available: electric toothbrushes vs. manual. Electric toothbrushes offer an advanced method for keeping teeth and gums healthy. These brushes have rechargeable systems, or they run on disposable battery power. Both manual and electric toothbrushes are effective, but electric toothbrushes essentially do the work for you.

The Benefits of an Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes are rechargeable or battery powered. Typically, electric toothbrushes have multiple speed settings with an oscillating, replaceable head. An electric brush offers an alternative to forcefully brushing teeth. Power the device on and glide the powered brush over your teeth. Beyond the simplicity of their use, switching to an electric brush offers:

  • Cleaner teeth: Research shows electric toothbrushes can be up to 17% more effective than manual brushing at removing plaque. Electric brushes promote a deeper clean for your teeth.
  • Simple operation: Electric brushes require immensely less effort than manual brushing. Children, the elderly and others with difficulty grasping or manipulating a toothbrush will find the simple operation of electric brushes appealing.
  • Built-in features: Electric toothbrushes come in an array of options, many with built-in features. These include toothbrushing timers, pressure sensors and reminders to replace the toothbrush head.
  • Less Waste: Depending on the electric toothbrush, you don’t have to replace the entire thing as often — which means less waste. You just need to replace the toothbrush head, which is smaller than a manual toothbrush and likely has less packaging.
  • Better Focus: A national study revealed electric toothbrushes improve focus and concentration while brushing. Users can better concentrate on brush placement, pressure and the amount of time spent to achieve better results.

Electric toothbrushes offer other advantages over manual options, too. They can improve brushing techniques, help build stronger brushing habits and encourage kids to brush their teeth.

Common Questions About Electric Toothbrushes

Switching from a manual brush could mean breaking decades of routine. If you’re thinking of changing to an electric brush, you may have questions before committing. Common questions about electric toothbrushes include the following.

1. Are Electric Toothbrushes Bad for Your Gums?

Electric toothbrushes are safe for your gums. In many cases, an electric brush may be safer for your gums than a manual brush.

2. Do Electric Toothbrushes Wear Away Enamel?

Electric toothbrushes do not wear away tooth enamel. Many are equipped with pressure sensors to promote softer brushing techniques.

3. How Long Should You Brush With an Electric Toothbrush?

The guidelines for brushing with an electric toothbrush match those for manual. Brush for two minutes, twice daily.

Making the Switch

Electric toothbrushes are designed for a better clean. Cover more surface area, protect your gums and preserve tooth enamel by switching to the right electric toothbrush. Speak to your dentist about finding the right electric toothbrush for your unique mouth. For more information or to schedule a dental appointment, visit us online or call 209 NYC Dental at 212-355-2290 today.

About Dr. Steven Kafko

Guided by the belief that being a highly skilled specialist in a narrow field is better than being ordinary in everything Dr. Kafko has grown 209 NYC Dental into one of the leading NYC multi-specialty dental practices that it is today. Having extensive cross-specialty training with decades of experience, and strive to provide his patients with the most appropriate dental care Dr. Kafko succeeded in becoming an excellent diagnostic dentist. His skills to triage the most comprehensive dental treatment that a patient may require are highly appreciated by patients and his colleagues.

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