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4 Surprising Benefits of Using an Electric Toothbrush

Dental experts and personal advocates of powered brushes will insist that they do a better job than manual toothbrushes.

But let’s look beyond the obvious claim that electric brushes remove more plaque. How else can they help you out?

  1. Brush Longer More Frequently

Face it: a new toy or gadget gives any boring task an edge of excitement. A powered brush could be what motivates you to brush when you would otherwise forget or ignore the chore.

Many electric toothbrushes come with built-in timers to ensure you brush for the right amount of time. This psychologically locks you into keeping the brush in your mouth longer!

  1. Use Appropriate Pressure

When you brush with one hand, you might not realize that you’re probably brushing harder on one side of your mouth than the other. One side of your mouth is not being cleaned as well, and the clean side might even be prone to gum recession from rough brushing. Because an electric toothbrush does the work for you, your entire mouth gets an equal cleaning experience.

  1. Better for the Environment

Electric brushes are meant to last while the brush heads are replaceable. Rather than throwing out an entire toothbrush every 4 months, you can enjoy fresh brush head at same time, without paying for an entirely new brush.

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Powered toothbrushes have large handles that are easy to grip. And because the bristles move, you don’t have to worry about manipulating the brush. Just aim it in the right direction and let it go to work.

Ask your dentist if an electric toothbrush is right for you!

Posted on behalf of:
Riverheart Family Dentistry
8618 Mexico Road
O’Fallon, MO 63366
(636) 205-4045


Choosing an Electric Toothbrush

If you’re looking to invest in an electric toothbrush for you or your family members, there are a few things to keep in mind before your purchase.

Choose One That is Gentle

Some electric toothbrushes are like jackhammers, with stiff bristles and aggressive movements that can cause gum recession, toothbrush abrasion, and irritation. Higher quality brushes will have gentle movements that stimulate gum tissue as well as provide efficient plaque removal. 

How Long Do You Plan on Using It?

Do you want to be able to recharge your brush or replace the brush heads? Find a model that is easily available and is a proven brand that has a long track record for quality and available replacement parts. If you want something more affordable then you can purchase a disposable electric brush for 6 or 7 dollars to try out before a larger investment.  

You Get What You Pay For

Higher quality, efficient toothbrushes aren’t going to come free. If you’re only paying $5 for an electric brush, you won’t be getting the results of a $75 brush. Higher end brushes typically use sonic vibration that allows more efficient bacteria and stain removal than other types of brushes do.

Use It Correctly

When you’re brushing with an electric brush, you should let the brush do all of the work. Simply hold the brush gently toward the teeth and gum tissue and let it vibrate against the gums and enamel. Do not apply force, as this will prevent vibration and will only allow an opportunity for more tissue irritation.

Are you still unsure of what brush to invest in? Ask your dentist for their opinion on 2 or 3 brands for you to choose from to make the decision a little easier!

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725


Are All Electric Toothbrushes Created Equal?

Posted in Periodontics

You’ve probably heard that electric toothbrushes clean the teeth better than manual toothbrushes. If you’ve decided to purchase an electric brush, you may now be wondering if a certain type of brush is better than another. The designs, prices, and features of electric toothbrushes can vary greatly, so you’ll want to make an informed decision about your investment.

The first thing a person should look for when purchasing an electric toothbrush is the quality of the bristles. A stiff-bristled brush will not clean the teeth any better, it will only cause excessive abrasion to the teeth and irritation to the gum tissue. Gum recession may be a result which often requires gum graft surgery. Instead, select a soft bristled brush. As bristles wear out over a few months, a high-quality brush will feature interchangeable heads that can be replaced.

Choose a brush that is the appropriate size. A larger toothbrush head won’t clean more teeth at a time, it will just make it difficult to clean teeth in narrow areas of the mouth. Focus on brushing 2 teeth at a time, and choose a brush head in that width.

You will get what you pay for! Most economy priced electric brushes will not last as long or do a poorer job at removing plaque from the teeth. Consider looking up clinical studies on your top 3 brush picks, to see which one cleans the teeth best.

Do you want to be able to share the brush with another person? Some brands make interchangeable heads that can easily be switched out between siblings or spouses.

No matter how much you spend on an electric brush, you should be brushing for a minimum of two minutes twice a day. The brush doesn’t mean you can brush faster, it just means you’ll brush more efficiently!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Virginia Kirkland, North Point Periodontics



Gifting an Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes make great gifts or even stocking stuffers for your family. The styles, varieties and prices can make the selection process a little overwhelming though! The good news is that electric toothbrushes in general will remove more plaque buildup from your teeth than a manual toothbrush.  Less plaque means fewer cavitities, fewer fillings, and less gum disease so even making a small investment for young children can significant difference in their oral health.

Here are some factors to consider when you’re selecting the types of electric toothbrushes to get your family on Christmas day:

What’s your budget? Are you going to be buying one toothbrush or a dozen? When it comes to an electric toothbrush, you really do get what you pay for. For instance, if you’re suffering from active gum disease, then a high-end electric model will be much better. But, if you’re buying the same thing for several people, it may be more affordable to consider something more economical, especially if they haven’t had an electric toothbrush to begin with. There are now some very affordable models that are as small as a manual toothbrush, but function significantly similar to higher end brushes available on the market.

Select a brush with soft bristles. Hard bristles are too abrasive for normal use on tooth enamel and gum tissue, and can cause gum recession or enamel abrasion. Electric brushes remove more plaque through their mechanical action, so be sure that it’s soft enough.

Do you want to be able to continue using the same brush for a long time? Some models of brushes allow the brush head to be changed out every several months, while others cannot be used as long because they only allow for a single brush head to be used.

Posted on behalf of Patrick O’Brien DMD, Carolina Comfort Dental




Does an Electric or Manual Toothbrush Clean More Effectively?

Posted in Fillings

All toothbrushes will clean your teeth effectively if they are used in the proper manner. The problem is, most people aren’t going to use a manual toothbrush in an efficient method that removes the same amount as plaque and bacteria that a high quality electric toothbrush will.

For a manual toothbrush to effectively clean your teeth as best as possible, a person should brush for no less than two minutes at least twice each day. Small, shorter strokes focused on one or two teeth with the bristles angled toward the gumline help remove more plaque than broad, wide strokes across the entire side of the mouth. Because a manual brush does not offer any mechanical action, all plaque removal relies solely on how the person uses their brush. Fewer, broader strokes will remove fewer bacteria and provide less gum stimulation than multiple shorter strokes.

Hands down, high quality electric toothbrushes clean your teeth more efficiently than a manual toothbrush. A well-designed electric toothbrush will have soft bristles that vibrate hundreds of times each second, providing the best method of plaque disruption possible. The function of the brush also helps deliver oxygen and dentrifice between the teeth and below the gums due to the foaming action that it creates. Not all electric toothbrushes are created equal, so be sure to select one with soft bristles and mechanical action that is gentle yet still effective.

Ultimately, you can clean your teeth no matter what you’re using, but from a dentist or hygienist’s perspective, patients that use high quality electric toothbrushes almost always tend to have less gingivitis, lower levels of tartar and healther teeth that need fewer fillings and other restorative dentistry procedures. If an electric toothbrush isn’t the best economical choice for you, ask your hygienist how to modify your current brushing method so that your manual brush can be more effective.

Posted on behalf of Dan Myers



Choosing an Electric Toothbrush

Many dentists are recommending that their patients switch to an electric toothbrush to maximize their oral health.  Using an electric toothbrush between dental cleanings and checkups can reduce tooth decay and gum disease.  Unfortunately, your dentist probably doesn’t hand out a new electric toothbrush at every checkup and cleaning so you will have to buy it yourself.  Before choosing your new electric toothbrush, take a few minutes to learn about the options and features available so you can choose the right toothbrush to fit your needs and your wallet.

Electric toothbrushes come in two basic types:  electric and sonic.  The bristles on an electric toothbrush either rotate or move back and forth at about three to seven thousand cycles per minute.  Compared to the three to four hundred strokes per minute of the average manual toothbrush user, the electric toothbrush clearly does more brushing.

Sonic toothbrushes take it to the next level with thirty to forty thousand strokes per minute – about 100 times more brush strokes per minute than a manual toothbrush.  Both types come with options that help you brush effectively such as a timer that beeps after completing two minutes of brushing and a sensor that will tell you if you are pressing too hard on your teeth.  Most electric tooth brushes have different brushing modes such as gentle gum massage, sensitive teeth, and tooth polishing.

A true electric toothbrush has a rechargeable base with replaceable brushing heads.  The base unit plugs into the wall outlet to recharge and should last for years.  The brushing heads are meant to be replaced every three months or so.  Expect to pay between $50 and $150 for a high quality electric toothbrush.



Do You Need An Electric Toothbrush?

Maintaining good oral health is very important for reducing plaque that can cause tooth decay, gingivitis and gum disease.  All of these can eventually lead to tooth loss.  Although almost entirely preventable by good oral health care habits such as daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings and checkups, more than 175 million Americans are missing one or more teeth and 35 million Americans have none of their natural teeth at all.

If you are concerned about doing all you can to maintain your oral health, you may be wondering if an electric toothbrush is worth the investment.  Electric toothbrushes cost between $50 and $150 and many people are reluctant to spend that much on a toothbrush unless they can be confident that it will improve their oral health.

The short answer is that for the vast majority of people, using an electric toothbrush will lead to better oral health.  Some studies have shown that electric toothbrushes do a better job at reducing plaque than manual toothbrushes.  Although other studies have reported that a manual toothbrush can be just as effective as a powered toothbrush, the reality is that very few people consistently use a manual toothbrush properly.  They don’t brush well enough or long enough and they often apply too much pressure.

One of the great advantages of an electric toothbrush is that it results in consistent proper tooth brushing.  They are equipped with timers to make sure that you brush long enough and sensors that tell you if you are applying too much pressure. Some will even signal when it is time to move the brush to another area of your mouth.  They are also much easier to use for people with limited manual dexterity, a common problem in older Americans.

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