Both manual and electric toothbrushes can get the American Dental Association seal of approval—as long as they’re effective at removing plaque—but which is actually better? You may have guessed electric, but do you know why? Keep reading for more information!
The Benefits of an Electric Toothbrush for Oral Hygiene
So, what really sets manual and electric toothbrushes apart? The vibration! Electric toothbrushes vibrate (or sometimes rotate), introducing micro movements to your oral hygiene routine. This might sound like a small difference, but it makes a big impact.
The goal of any toothbrush is to remove plaque buildup in your mouth. Plaque can lead to serious oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease. Electric toothbrushes are much more effective at removing plaque, studies have shown. Because they vibrate, the bristles are able to scrub your teeth more than a manual toothbrush.
Thanks to the vibration, electric toothbrushes do a lot of the work for you. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t also be practicing good brush technique, but it does mean that people with limited mobility can better clean their teeth without as much effort.
They’re also great if you have an orthodontic device, such as braces or a retainer! They can more easily reach those hard-to-reach spaces and dislodge food.
Improved Brush Technique
And speaking of brush technique, most electric toothbrushes come with a built-in timer! This means they stay on for a certain amount of time (usually two minutes) and shut off automatically once that time has passed. This goes a long way in helping you brush for as long as you should be brushing!
Better for the Environment
To maintain good oral hygiene, replacing your toothbrush every few months is important. As the bristles wear down, they become less effective—potentially leading to plaque buildup and eventually tartar! Electric toothbrushes can help cut down on all that waste, because most of them allow you to simply replace the head instead of the entire toothbrush.
Electric toothbrushes are more expensive than manual ones, but you won’t have to replace the entire thing for a long time—and your teeth and gums will thank you!
More Fun for Kids
With all the product options out there, you’re sure to find something that will make your kids excited to brush their teeth! You can even grab an electric toothbrush that plays their favorite song. Making important habits fun for them will go a long way in helping them maintain those habits later on in life.
Commit to Oral Health Today
Interested in an oral health clean slate? It’s time for you to get a checkup at LeCroy Dental! We’ll provide a thorough, relaxing cleaning as well as an exam to make sure everything’s in tip-top shape. You’ll leave with a brighter, healthier smile. Get in touch with us today to set up your appointment!