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Are Electric Toothbrushes The Right Choice For You? Pros And Cons

Able Dental - Thursday, October 20, 2016

Everyone knows brushing your teeth twice a day is key to maintaining a healthy mouth. But what type of toothbrush is better — manual or electric? And which one is best for you? Both electric and manual toothbrushes have their pros and cons. It's always going to come down to your personal preference and specific dental needs.

At Able Dental Group in Lethbridge, Alberta, we understand that every patient is unique. We would never endorse a one-type-fits-all approach for anything, least of all something as personal as your toothbrush. To help you decide between manual and motorized, we've put together this guide to all the advantages and disadvantages. Here are some advantages in going electric.

1. Cleaner, whiter teeth

With speeds as high as 40,000 brush strokes per minute, electric toothbrushes vastly outperform manual toothbrushes. This makes it much easier to scrub off stains, plaque and bacteria on a tooth-by-tooth basis. Also, the oscillating bristle heads are better shaped for cleaning hard-to-reach areas, such as wisdom teeth, molars and those teeny tiny spaces between your teeth.

2. Increased gum health

Electric toothbrushes are a safe way to stimulate your gums. The gentle vibrations help increase blood flow and reduce gum disease. Are you an over-enthusiastic brusher? No problem. Built-in pressure sensors will pause or turn off the device to prevent gum abrasion if you get too vigorous.

3. Easier to use

Electric toothbrushes eliminate much of the movement and effort required in getting your teeth sparkling clean. This makes them a great choice for children, the elderly or anyone with limited mobility. Plus, many come with handy timers that let you know when you're done, so there's no guesswork.

Add in the fact that electric toothbrushes get you closest to the type of clean offered by professional dental hygienists, and the choice might seem obvious. But that doesn't mean it's time to throw out your regular toothbrush just yet.

Reasons to hang onto your regular toothbrush:

Cost: Not everyone's budget can handle the investment of a higher-performing electric toothbrush. If you’re willing to put in the time and effort, a manual toothbrush will do a fine job until you’re ready to upgrade.  

Bulk: Are you a frequent flyer? A manual toothbrush that folds up could be better for business trips. 

Sensitive teeth: If you have especially sensitive teeth or gums, you may need ultra-soft bristles.

These are all important considerations to discuss with your dentist. Contact us at one of our several Able Dental Group locations in Lethbridge to find out more. We'll help you make the best choice for you and your dental health.