Electric Toothbrush vs Traditional Brush

You know that it’s vital to your oral health to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, but what kind of toothbrush are you supposed to use? Here, we’ll explain the difference between an electric toothbrush and a traditional toothbrush.

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Plaque Removal

Because they provide the brushing action for you with a lot more power than you could with a manual toothbrush, electric toothbrushes are superior at plaque removal. Many electric toothbrushes go at 6,000 to 30,000 strokes per minute and therefore it often takes less time to do a thorough job than with manual toothbrushes.

Easy to Use

While brushing your teeth may not take actual skill, there is an optimal method to brushing your teeth. If you’ve mastered this, than a traditional toothbrush will work just fine. However, if you aren’t as strong with your manual toothbrush, an electric toothbrush does the brushing work for you so you only need to guide it along the surfaces of your teeth. Electric toothbrushes can be especially good for kids who have not yet mastered their tooth brushing skills.

Extra Features

When it comes to extra features, electric toothbrushes blow traditional toothbrushes out of the water. Sure manual toothbrushes come in all different colors and feature your child’s favorite cartoon characters, but electric toothbrushes have so much more than colors and images. There are electric toothbrushes that will stop after two minutes so you know exactly how long you should be brushing for without having to count or watch the clock. Some electric toothbrushes remind you to replace your brush head, while others come equipped with Bluetooth technology!

So, Electric Toothbrushes or Traditional Toothbrushes?

Despite the benefits of the electric toothbrush over the traditional toothbrush, most dentists agree that what’s really important is actually using the toothbrush. Manual toothbrushes can be just as effective if used twice a day and correctly. Electric toothbrushes are just often much more fool proof and easier to use.

If you have any questions about whether you should be using an electric toothbrush or a traditional toothbrush, contact us today!

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