Multiple studies have been performed to compare the effectiveness of manual toothbrushes and electronic toothbrushes. Although not all electric toothbrushes are the same, the studies conclude that generally, electric toothbrushes are more efficient than manual toothbrushes at controlling plaque. In theory, you can brush your teeth very well with a regular manual toothbrush, but the movements of an electric brush make tooth brushing much easier and more effective.
Some electric toothbrushes, like Sonicare, produce sonic vibrations that are difficult to duplicate with a hand toothbrush. Other electronic toothbrushes like Oral-B® and Rotadent® have small heads that make it easier to access hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. This is especially important when you are talking about someone with braces or a history of gum disease. Ask our dentist, Dr. Blake Lawlor, for electric toothbrush recommendations.
Regardless of whether you choose an electric or a manual toothbrush, make sure you choose a toothbrush with a head that is small enough to reach all areas of your mouth. Your toothbrush should have soft bristles with rounded tips. To ensure that your toothbrush has been tested for efficiency and quality, look for a toothbrush that has earned the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Approval.
We encourage you to contact our dental office today for more instruction about the benefits of electronic toothbrushes in Wichita, Kansas, and to schedule an appointment.