There’s more to dental hygiene than brushing your teeth twice a day. Aside from doing the proper technique, you should also be mindful of the type of toothbrush you clean your teeth with. Dr. Kami Hoss weighs in on the dilemma of choosing between an electric and manual toothbrush. He shares that dentists like himself can tell the difference between someone who uses an electric toothbrush or a manual toothbrush.

Electric vs. Manual Toothbrushes: Which Is Better?

Electric toothbrushes are new compared to manual toothbrushes, but that doesn’t mean they’re just a fad. In fact, literature that can be found in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics state that electric toothbrushes promote better oral hygiene for people who have dental braces. But even if you don’t have dental braces, electric toothbrushes still clean better than manual toothbrushes. As a result, the risk of developing cavities or gingivitis is reduced.

“People tend to think that toothbrushes are all the same,” Dr. Kami Hoss explains. “But electric toothbrushes are more powerful and handy than your typical free sample toothbrush.”

Dr. Kami Hoss explains that the typical features of an electric toothbrush, such as timers and brushing intensity, already go a long way in ensuring that teeth are clean. For instance, some people may rush brushing their teeth, or they may miss some areas on the surface of the tooth for one reason or another. An electric toothbrush solves these common problems pretty easily.

“Teeth with dental braces require more TLC,” Dr. Kami Hoss says. “Did you know that an electric toothbrush is capable of cleaning below the gum line? You can do that with a manual toothbrush, of course, but the question is, do you clean that thoroughly on a regular basis?

Buying an Electric Toothbrush

Now that you know an electric toothbrush is no ordinary toothbrush, you may be wondering if all electric toothbrushes are the same. Dr. Kami Hoss suggests buying an electric toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles so you won’t have a hard time moving the toothbrush around your mouth. Also, hard bristles can damage your teeth and hurt your gums, so opt for soft bristles.

“Kids stand to benefit the most from using an electric toothbrush,” Dr. Kami Hoss says. “For these kids, brushing their teeth could suddenly become fun and enjoyable with an electric toothbrush.”

Dr. Kami Hoss adds that the elderly can also greatly benefit from using an electric toothbrush. Since they may not be as mobile as they once were, electric toothbrushes address concerns regarding dexterity. After all, to use an electric toothbrush, one only has to hold the toothbrush and move it tooth to tooth.

In the end, it may not make the most economical sense to spend hundreds of dollars on an electric toothbrush, but dentists swear by the benefits of using the electric variety.

“Your normal toothbrush can only do about a couple of hundred strokes per minute,” Dr. Kami Hoss points out. “Electric toothbrushes, on the other hand, can brush up to 30,000 strokes. That’s phenomenal for your dental health.”

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