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Electric or Manual

Manual vs. Electric Toothbrush

By Robert Griggs, DMD

The question that has perplexed mankind through the ages is of course, electric or manual?

Well, maybe not, but it makes for a good lead into an otherwise mundane topic. Some vibrate & some oscillate. For the most part, both do a great job when used properly.

I can tell you that all of our team members use an electric toothbrush as part of their dental home care. We always recommend our patients purchase a quality electric brush such as the Sonicare or Oral-B. Quite simply, electric toothbrushes do a better job removing stains and plaque than a manual brush does.

With regards to patients with braces, I think the vibrating (sonic ) type may perform a little better due to the brackets and wires. The brackets and wires may interfere with the rotating brush movement types.

Both the Sonicare & Oral-B hold a charge for approximately 2 weeks of use so if you don’t have room in your bathroom for the charger you can locate it elsewhere and keep the brush by the sink. The replaceable heads should be changed every 3-4 months to remain effective.

In a pinch the manual toothbrush still has a place! Keep one at work, use them for travel, keep one for guests. And remember, electric toothbrushes only work when you use them!

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