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Which Toothbrush is Right For Me? Electric vs. Regular Brushes
Jul 7, 2015

Girl Brushing Teeth

Finding the toothbrush that is right for you can be intimidating. One of the greatest choices our patients struggle with is whether they need an electric toothbrush or if they can get by with just an ordinary brush.

What makes a powered toothbrush different?

The greatest difference with most powered toothbrushes is their ability to rotate the bristles while you brush. In several studies, this rotation has been proven to remove more plaque than those of stationary bristles. Other features of powered toothbrushes vary but can include other modes that allow for deeper cleaning and whitening, timers to assist you in brushing for the correct length of time, and even sensors to let you know when you are applying too much pressure and brushing too hard.

Who should use a powered toothbrush?

We recommend electric or battery powered toothbrushes for older patients with less arm and shoulder mobility as well as any patients who are not currently cleaning their gums and teeth effectively. If you have had several cavities, are at risk for gum disease, or have a hard time thoroughly cleaning all corners of your mouth, a motorized brush could be of great benefit to you. We recommend making an appointment with one of our Dental Care Center dentists. They can assess your current brushing habits and point you to the best type of brush for you.

Are regular toothbrushes still effective?

Absolutely! What matters most is not the brush, but the method of brushing. A regular toothbrush can absolutely be trusted to provide you with a healthy smile as long as you are brushing correctly. A regular toothbrush also gives you more control over your brushing, which means you will be less likely to wear away tooth enamel and cause sensitivity. However, the most important part of your brush is ensuring you change it at least every three months, whether it be electric or ordinary. Keeping the bristles of your brush fresh and strong will ensure you are keeping plaque and disease-causing bacteria at bay.

For more questions about what toothbrush is right for you, make an appointment at the Dental Care Center nearest you.