Since the development of the modern electric toothbrush, many have wondered whether or not it is actually more beneficial than a manual toothbrush. Although using a manual toothbrush can be effective, studies have concluded that in general, an electric toothbrush is more effective than its counterpart.

The reason the electric toothbrush is so beneficial is due to the particular movements and vibrations that occur with that form of toothbrush that cannot be duplicated with human movements in a traditional brush. With Philips Sonicare brushes, the brushes produce sonic vibrations that gently remove plaque and debris from the teeth. Rotating toothbrushes from Oral-B® have small spinning heads that can access difficult-to-reach areas of the mouth.

In order to achieve the results of an electric toothbrush while using a manual toothbrush, one would have to be very fastidious with their oral hygiene habits. If you are prone to tooth decay or have a history of gum disease, our dentists and team may recommend that you switch to an electric toothbrush to improve your oral health.

If you have any questions about your options or want advice about which variety of toothbrush would be right for your needs, call Northwest Dental Medicine at (253) 845-9507. One of our team members will gladly speak with you to answer your questions.

During your dental appointment in Puyallup, Washington, with Dr. Rochelle Riley, we can speak with you about your oral hygiene habits and may offer suggestions as to how to improve your brushing techniques.