Is An Electric Toothbrush Better?

Is it better to use an electric toothbrush or a manual one? It is really your brushing technique, not the toothbrush, that makes the difference. Some people prefer one over the other and no matter which kind you use – you still need to floss and you still need to visit the dentist.Rothfus Family Dental asks: How often do you change your toothbrush?

Electric toothbrushes have been around since 1960. They’ve come a long way since then and there are lots of choices but they all land in two groups, electric or sonic. So what is the difference between them?

Electric Toothbrushes

Electric toothbrushes do the muscle work of brushing for you. These brushes rotate 3,000 to 7,500 times per minute. They may rotate or the head may wiggle back and forth in order to remove plaque from the teeth.

Sonic Toothbrushes

Sonic toothbrushes are speed demons. They give you 30,000 to 40,000 strokes per minute in a vibrating motion. The manufacturers claim this rapid motion provides more effective cleaning.

Several studies do suggest that sonic and electric toothbrushes are more effective at reducing plaque and gingivitis. Other studies have shown that, used properly, manual toothbrushes can be equally effective.

People who have mobility problems or dexterity issues, like people with arthritis, may find an electric or sonic toothbrush easier to use. Because of the wide range of health issues linked to gum disease keeping gums healthy is especially important for these patients. Price for the electric or sonic toothbrushes can be high and the replacement heads are not inexpensive either – something to take into account when making a purchase.

Please contact Rothfus Family Dental today at 541-858-7994 to schedule your next dental hygiene visit. No matter which type of brush you use, regular dental visits are a must.