Should I Use an Electric or Regular Toothbrush?

Apr 25, 2013

We’ve had a lot of patients wondering lately whether it’s better to use an electric toothbrush instead of their traditional toothbrush. Many of them think that using an electric toothbrush, with its fast-moving bristles that boast hundreds of strokes per minute, will make their teeth cleaner and gums healthier.

The fact of the matter is, though, that it doesn’t matter which kind of toothbrush you use if you have the right technique, so use the kind of toothbrush that you prefer using.

To help you decide which toothbrush will work better for you, we’ve assembled a list of some characteristics of each kind of toothbrush to consider.

Manual toothbrushes:

  • Are usually more affordable than electric toothbrushes
  • Require no batteries
  • Are typically smaller

Electric toothbrushes:

  • Make it easier for you to remove all of the plaque and debris from your mouth
  • Save you the muscle work that brushing your teeth requires
  • Excellent for people with diminished manual dexterity, such as people with arthritis

Whichever type of toothbrush you end up choosing, remember to choose one with soft bristles. If you’d like a personal instruction on the proper technique for brushing your teeth, contact Noble Smile Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today. Dr. Jahangiri is passionate about helping his patients have the healthiest mouths possible and would love to help you, too.