What are some advantages of an electric toothbrush?
Improved Plaque Removal:
- A review published in the Journal of Clinical Dentistry (2019) found that electric toothbrushes, especially those with oscillating-rotating or sonic technology, are more effective at reducing plaque and gingivitis than manual toothbrushes. They noted there was a 21% reduction in plaque after about 3 months of use, when compared to manual toothbrushes.
- Research published in the Journal of Periodontology (2005) showed that electric toothbrushes significantly reduced gingivitis and bleeding when compared to manual toothbrushes. The study concluded that electric toothbrushes are more effective in controlling early signs of gum disease and reduced gingivitis by 11 % after 3 months.
Improved Periodontal Health:
- A study published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene (2006) found that electric toothbrushes, particularly those with oscillating-rotating technology, were more effective in improving periodontal health and reducing pocket depths compared to manual toothbrushes.
Improved Plaque Control in Orthodontic Patients:
- Research in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology (2003) suggested that electric toothbrushes were more effective in maintaining oral hygiene and controlling plaque in orthodontic patients compared to manual toothbrushes.
Reduction in Tooth Staining:
- A study in the Journal of Clinical Dentistry (2011) reported that electric toothbrush users experienced a greater reduction in extrinsic tooth staining compared to manual toothbrush users. This may be attributed to the more effective removal of plaque and surface stains by electric toothbrushes.
Reduction in Gum Recession and Tooth Abrasion:
- A study in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology (2008) found that electric toothbrushes were associated with less gingival recession and tooth abrasion compared to manual toothbrushes, suggesting a potential benefit for gum and tooth health.
Adherence to Recommended Brushing Time:
- Several studies have shown that electric toothbrushes with built-in timers encourage better compliance with the recommended two-minute brushing duration. This is crucial for achieving optimal oral hygiene outcomes.
When it comes to choosing your next toothbrush, your Scottsdale dentist at McAdams Dental recommends an electric brush over a manual brush. Though there are distinct advantages to an electric brush, proper brushing and flossing technique is still the most important part of a healthy smile. Remember to take your time and brush for a full 2 minutes. Brush just 1-2 teeth at a time and keep your brush at a 45 degree angle to the tooth to reach those hard to reach spots under the gums. Also always remember that gentle pressure is all that is required to remove plaque and food debris, so there's no need to overbrush.
There are all types of electric options available today, we recommend finding one that appeals to you and you think you will actually use! If you want a super expensive ultrasonic version...feel free! But if you are looking for a budget friendly option, Dr. McAdams would recommend you look for 2 features to help you maintain your oral health:
1. A built in timer to help you reach 2 minutes of brushing!
2. A pressure sensor that can help you realize when you are pressing too hard!
Armed with these features you are well equipped to fight off the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease!
To find out more helpful tips about oral health, schedule your appointment today at McAdams Dental!
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