Electric Versus Manual Toothbrushes

Electric Versus Manual Toothbrushes

Many of our patients don’t realize how important it is to use the right toothbrush and consider all toothbrushes to be about the same. This prevents many from seeing a reason to invest in an electric toothbrush. Using a manual toothbrush is better than nothing but studies show that there are several advantages to using an electric toothbrush.

Manual toothbrushes are inexpensive and are very travel-friendly. And while not all electric toothbrushes are the same, studies conclude that, for the most part, electric toothbrushes are much more efficient in controlling plaque than manual ones. In theory, you can do quite a decent job brushing your teeth with a regular toothbrush, but the movements of an electric one makes the task easier and more effective. Many electric toothbrushes even feature a timer to ensure patients brush for a full two minutes.

The Sonicare toothbrush produces sonic vibrations that are difficult to mimic with a hand brush and the brush is able to penetrate deep below the gum line. Other electric brushes, like Oral-B, have small heads that help you access the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. Electric toothbrushes are great for kids, especially if they have braces. Elderly patients with dexterity issues can also benefit from electric toothbrushes, as the brushes do the work for them. Electric toothbrushes can help with stain removal, yet are still very gentle on the gums.

Since it’s the season for giving, remember to treat yourself and your family to the most important gift of all this holiday season: healthy teeth and gums! That’s a gift that keeps on giving all year long. An electric toothbrush makes a great gift. Ask our team about how using one can improve your family’s oral health. Comprehensive Dental Care of Oxon Hill is currently accepting new patients, please call (301) 567-9844 to schedule a consultation or exam with Dr. Peter Merai. We also have several online offers, including a new patient special.

Comprehensive Dental Care of Oxon Hill serves the communities of Oxon Hill, Fort Washington, Temple Hills, Clinton, MD, Alexandria, VA and Washington DC.