Side by side photo of an electric tooth brush next to a regular toothbrush

Electric Toothbrushes vs. Manual Toothbrushes

Does an electric toothbrush seem like a superfluous expense, especially because your dentist gives you a standard brush for free at each check-up? Do you find yourself wondering why people would pay so much money for an electric toothbrush?

The truth is that electric toothbrushes offer several undeniable benefits for those who prioritize their oral health. Part of that is the fact that, unlike with a manual toothbrush, you don’t have to worry about brushing inadequately.

Improper brushing technique with your standard toothbrush could leave behind plaque or result in neglecting hard-to-reach parts of the mouth. Electric toothbrushes, on the other hand, make brushing your teeth easier and more effective. And the benefits don’t end there.

Electric Toothbrushes Remove More Plaque

Some people are more prone to serious plaque development than others. Mouth chemistry, diet, and genetics can all play a part in how much plaque forms and how quickly it develops on your teeth. Electric toothbrushes can make your plaque removal efforts more successful. Independent studies have shown that electric toothbrushes can improve the impact of your oral hygiene regimen.

One caveat to that concept, however, is that the quality of the electric toothbrush will impact how well it removes plaque from your teeth. Look for models that offer rotation oscillation action. This form of motion minimizes plaque development and even reduces the likelihood of developing gingivitis in both the short term and long term.

Kids Enjoy Brushing More with Electric Devices

If you’re having trouble getting your children to take oral hygiene seriously, upgrading them to electric toothbrushes could help. Many parents are likely already aware that they need to monitor children under the age of 7 while they brush. This could end up being a major battle for you every morning and night.

Changing out your child’s manual toothbrush for an electric model could be the simplest solution. Kids enjoy the simplicity of using an electric toothbrush. It can also help them improve the efficacy of their brushing efforts, reducing how much you have to re-do for them every time they brush. You can even find models geared toward your child’s interests, from cartoon characters to sports.

Electric Toothbrushes Can Time Your Brushing

Most people know that they should spend a minimum of two minutes brushing their teeth after each meal, or at least in the morning and before bed. However, those two minutes can stretch out into eternity when you’re actually standing at the sink. Many people cut their brushing efforts short, assuming they’ve been at it for two minutes when it’s actually been a much shorter time.

Many electric toothbrushes have lights or special pulsing rhythms that allow you to spend equal amounts of time on your upper and lower teeth. This ensures all sections of your mouth are equally clean. It also avoids the potential for cutting your brushing sessions short. Instead of guessing when you’re done, your electric toothbrush will simply turn itself off, making it a snap to time your tooth brushing.

Some of the newest forms of electric toothbrushes even contain Wi-Fi or Bluetooth compatibility. This allows your toothbrush to sync with your mobile device and track your brushing habits. For those who find they aren’t getting the cleanest teeth or want a better report from the dentist, evaluating oral hygiene practices could improve the outcome of those efforts.

Pressure Sensors Offset the Risk of Brushing Too Hard

One common mistake when it comes to tooth brushing is using too much pressure. Brushing hard can damage your gums and increase the erosion of your enamel, especially if you use particularly abrasive toothpaste. Electric toothbrushes have sensors built in, minimizing the risk of brushing too hard.

Some of them will flash lights, while others will simply stop oscillating. These safety features enable you to treat your teeth properly, instead of accidentally damaging them during cleaning sessions.

To learn more about oral health best practices from Don Sing Dentistry, check out these tips for preventing periodontal disease.