Toothbrushes: Electric vs Manual

elecmantoothbrushThere are several indications that the use of electric toothbrushes is on the rise. One toothbrush manufacturer claims they’ve doubled sales of electric toothbrushes since 1998. Retail shelf space for electric toothbrushes has increased. Many young children prefer electric toothbrushes because they think they are fun to use, and that they “tickle.” But are there any distinct advantages to using an electric toothbrush over a manual toothbrush? If you have questions regarding the pros and cons of electric toothbrushes, your Ankeny, IA, family dentist, Dr. Ericka Peddicord will be happy to discuss them with you.

The Advantages Of Electric Toothbrushes

Because it can be difficult to get children to brush their teeth, to brush them thoroughly, and to brush for the suggested amount of time, electric toothbrushes can often be the answer. If used properly electric brushes may do a more thorough job cleaning, and because children consider them fun, they are more likely to continue brushing for the full two minutes. Electric toothbrushes can also benefit people with arthritis or physical disabilities–particularly upper body mobility restrictions–by making it easier for them to perform proper oral health care. Electric toothbrushes can perform 6,000 to 30,000 strokes per minute, taking less time to brush thoroughly, and may be more effective at removing plaque.

A research study performed by the toothbrush manufacturer Braun Oral-B encouraged 16,000 people to use their electric toothbrush and found that the participants reported having better oral health after using the device. The dental professionals monitoring the patients’ progress agreed that using the electric device had a positive effect on over 80% of the participants.

Manual Toothbrushes

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), it is not what you use to brush your teeth, but how you brush them that counts.

  • Brush thoroughly twice a day
  • Use a soft-bristle toothbrush which is gentler on your gums and enamel
  • Choose a brush with the ADA seal of approval: The American Dental Association sets rigorous standards that need to be met before the brush can earn the ADA seal of approval, including strength, safety, and durability.
  • Floss daily

Brushing and flossing daily is key to preventing tooth decay. Manual toothbrushes can be just as effective if you’re a diligent brusher. Most toothbrushes today have various sized bristles designed for hard to reach areas, to remove plaque, stimulate the gums, and indicate the need for a new toothbrush. Toothbrushes also include a tongue and cheek cleaner which should be utilized at least once a day.

About Your Ankeny Dentist

Dr. Peddicord offers a complete range of preventative, cosmetic, and restorative dental procedures as well as high quality dental prosthetics. Dr. Peddicord can answer your inquiries, and provide the services you need to maintain the health, beauty, and function of your teeth. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Erika Peddicord, please contact us at 515-963-3339. Our Ankeny, IA, office proudly provides general and cosmetic dentistry services to patients from Bondurant, Polk City, Elkhart, Alleman, and Cambridge.