October 3, 2017
The health and beauty of your smile is a top priority, which is why you take the time each day to care for your teeth and gums while maintaining regular appointments with your dentist. To promote your oral health, the most important tool that you have at your disposal is your toothbrush. While you may believe that they are all created equally, this is not necessarily true. Although a manual toothbrush is a tired and true option, you may be doing your smile a disservice if you are not using one that is electric. While they both are effective, those that are electric tend to have certain advantages.
Manual vs. Electric Toothbrushes
Manual toothbrushes are the most common dental tool used at home because they are affordable while being the traditional option. Although they are effective when used correctly, most people fall short in their oral hygiene techniques.
“I can typically tell when somebody uses an electric toothbrush versus a manual toothbrush just by looking at their oral health,” says Sarah Thiel, RDH, CEO, and co-founder of CE Zoom. “Their gums look amazing, and I don’t have to do a lot during the appointment.”
Why are electric toothbrushes often more effective? Well, it all really boils down to how you brush your teeth. It is recommended that you brush twice a day for at least two minutes. However, the Academy of General Dentistry has found that the average person brushes for less than 70 seconds per day. As a result, they are not effectively cleaning their teeth.
An electric toothbrush can help to accommodate for the shortened time because they can provide as much as a thousand stokes per minute. This means that even if you only brush for 70 seconds, an electric toothbrush will still be more effective than a manual, which holds an average of 300 strokes per minute.
In addition to a more effective cleaning time, electric toothbrushes also have certain safety features that are not possible with traditional brushes. Most electric forms come with a built-in pressure sensor to alert you when you are brushing too hard. This can help to stop the complications of overbrushing, like receding gums lines and enamel erosion.
With an electric toothbrush, you can make a true investment in your oral hygiene routine. However, be aware that you will need to change the unit’s batteries and brush heads regularly. In addition, they tend to cost more than a manual model.
Is an Electric Toothbrush Really Best?
A manual toothbrush can be just as effective as an electric if the proper brushing methods are used. However, with the average American skimping on the correct techniques, an electric toothbrush is often recommended.
About Dr. Manpreet Dhaliwal
Dr. Manpreet Dhaliwal provides outstanding dental care in the community to help all patients reach optimal oral health. In addition to in-office services, he is committed to helping patients make the most of their at-home oral hygiene routines. If you have any questions about the best dental products to use to protect your smile, contact our office today to speak with a member of our team.
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