Is an electric toothbrush better?

If it’s time to replace your toothbrush, don’t assume that everything with bristles does the same job! So is an electric toothbrush better?

Many studies have taken place over the years on how electric brushes are better for your short and long-term oral health than manual brushing. 

There are dentists who prefer different brushes for different reasons, including their assessment of your teeth. We would always recommend to do what your dentist prescribes for you.

So why do we think electric brushes are better?

 

Electric toothbrushes are better at removing plaque 

Those with oscillating heads (heads that rotate in both directions) – are more effective at removing plaque than manual brushes. They move at a faster speed than your hand can. This provides a deeper clean removing more food debris which has been left in your mouth after eating.

 

 

 

Electric toothbrushes do the work for you 

Not sure whether you’re brushing too hard? Can’t remember how long you’re supposed to brush for? Many electric toothbrushes feature a pressure indicator light, this lets you know you’re pushing too hard. Lots of brushes have a timer too! so you make sure you brush for a full two minutes every time.

As electric toothbrushes do most of the work, they are good for those who need extra help. The elderly, those with mobility issues or those with health conditions reducing movement such as carpal tunnel, arthritis benefit.

Children can also benefit from using electric brushes. They assist the youngsters’ limited hand coordination. Many junior brushes have features such as lights, stickers, and music that make brushing fun. If you’re struggling to get your child into a proper brushing routine the friendly team here at Warwick Lodge Dental and Implant Centre can give you some tips during your hygiene appointment.

 

 

Electric brushes make life easier for people with orthodontic appliances 

Cleaning your teeth can be tricky and time consuming with some braces. Although where possible we promote Invisalign as it has many benefits such as oral health. Those with traditional metal braces may find that switching to an electric toothbrush makes life easier and cleans more effectively than a manual brush.

 

 

 

Prevention is better than cure

Whether using electric or manual toothbrush, following an effective oral health routine is vital for long-term dental health. In addition to brushing for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day, keeping regular appointments with your dentist and dental hygienist will ensure your teeth and mouth stays healthy. The expert team at Warwick Lodge Dental and Implant Centre provide a holistic approach to the health of your mouth and can advise you on all aspects of dentistry, from oral hygiene to cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening, teeth straightening, dental Implants and more. We are exceptionally good with nervous patients and welcome all new patients to our practice.  You can contact us on our website or visit us on Facebook