Electric or Manual Toothbrushes? Thoughts from Our Family Dental Clinic in Bloomer

Technology is a wonderful thing. As time passes and we advance more and more, we are continually coming up with inventions to make our lives easier, safer, and more productive. It should come as no surprise, then, that toothbrush manufacturers are constantly coming out with new and (hopefully) better electric toothbrushes.
Practicing dentistry in Bloomer, one of the most common questions we hear is whether an electric toothbrush is better than a manual one. Here is some information that we help will be useful to you.

Electric Toothbrushes Can be Very Effective
Electric toothbrushes, like pretty much every other invention, come in all shapes, sizes, and forms. As such, it is difficult to make a blanket statement such as, “Electric toothbrushes are better than manual ones.” The best we can say is that some electric toothbrushes perform better than manual brushing when you use them properly.
Electric toothbrushes do tend to reduce plaque 21% more than manual toothbrushes. Likewise, gum disease is lower when you use an electric toothbrush. This is probably because an electric toothbrush moves much more rapidly than a manual one, meaning that you get more scrubbing motions in the same period of time than you would from a manual toothbrush.
In addition, brushing manually requires a good brushing technique. And, as any parent of a young child can tell you, not everyone has the right technique. Any dentist in Bloomer can relate horror stories of young patients (or older ones who lacked the proper technique) coming into the office with a mouth full of cavities. As such, an electric toothbrush may be the best choice for many people by virtue of the fact that using one does not require perfect technique.
Still, the choice of what to use is a personal one. Ultimately you should decide for yourself which type you prefer. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!