Numerous studies have reported that electric toothbrushes help provide better dental health. Some studies looked at the rotating and oscillating effect of electric toothbrushes, and others looked at powered brush heads that just move side to side and don’t rotate. While researchers haven’t found an electric toothbrush that works better than the other, electric toothbrushes do have an edge over manual ones.
Electric toothbrushes are better at removing more plaque. After three months of use, plaque can be reduced by 21 percent, which helps decrease gingivitis by 11 percent. Electric toothbrushes are easier for people with limited mobility since they do most of the work for you. Those with arthritis or carpal tunnel will find huge benefits.
Electric toothbrushes have built-in timers that make it easier to know how long you should brush your teeth for, and let you know that you are doing it for the recommended time. One study showed people are more focused when using an electric toothbrush, which could also improve dental health and brushing habits. Dr. G and the staff at Cottonwood Dental recommend brushing twice a day. It’s also gingivitis to replace brush heads every three to four months, or earlier if the bristles look frayed.
Electric toothbrushes can be more expensive than manual ones and can range from $15 to $250. Replacements heads can cost between $10 and $45. There are cheaper options for disposable electric toothbrushes, which can cost $8 plus batteries.
Even with an electric toothbrush, it’s still important for regular dental checkups at Cottonwood Dental with Dr. G and the staff.