Should you be using an electric toothbrush?

Categories: General Dentistry

woman brushing teeth with electric toothbrush When it comes to keeping teeth healthy and clean, does it really matter what kind of toothbrush you use, manual or electric? It may seem like the answer would be “no,” as long as you brush. However, there are some benefits to using an electric toothbrush over a manual one – read on for some more information!

Why choose electric?

Research has shown that electric toothbrushes do a much more thorough job of cleaning teeth than just a plain manual toothbrush. An electric toothbrush typically has bristles that rotate in different directions to remove debris and plaque and to really get teeth and gums clean. Electric toothbrushes work so well that studies have shown that those who use electric toothbrushes keep their teeth longer than those who use manual toothbrushes.

Besides doing a great job of keeping teeth clean, electric toothbrushes can also help you to brush more effectively. For the kids, some of them come with an app connected to the toothbrush, with games to teach them how to brush better while having fun. For the adults, there are apps that track your brushing habits and tell you how you could brush better. Some electric toothbrushes have a built-in timer to make sure you brush for 2 minutes, which is the recommended brushing time.

You may be hesitant to spend money on an electric toothbrush when you can get manual toothbrushes for a couple of dollars. However, electric toothbrushes have become a lot more inexpensive as more and more companies are competing with each other for your business. You may also be surprised how little it will cost you to buy a good one.

If you are serious about your dental health (and of course you are!), there are many reasons why you should consider an electric toothbrush. Among their many benefits, you will be able to tell what a difference it makes the first time you use it. Something else you should do if you are serious about your dental health is to see your dentist for cleanings and checkups! Call Pacific Northwest Smiles today for an appointment, at 425-357-6400!