The Pros and Cons of Electric Toothbrushes

Apr 9 • 1 minute read

Electric toothbrushes are becoming a big conversation piece at the dental office, to which many patients are asking if they should be making the switch. When looking at the moment the most recent research, we can see that there are both some positives and potential negatives to using an electric toothbrush. 


Here are some of the pros to using and electric toothbrush: 

1. More Effective at Removing Plaque: Multiple studies have shown that, in general, electric toothbrushes do decrease plaque and gingivitis better than manual toothbrushes.

2. Easier for People with Limited Mobility: With their oscillating head, electric toothbrushes do most of the work of the work for you. This makes them helpful for people with limited mobility, such as arthritis and carpal tunnel.

3. May Improve your Focus While Brushing: A recent study has shown that people were more focussed when brushing their teeth with an electric toothbrush. This improved people’s overall experience brushing and could potentially improve how well you clean your teeth.

4. Fun for Kids: Brushing teeth can be a boring chore. Electric toothbrushes can be more engaging for your child and help them brush properly. Plus with many electric toothbrushes having built-in timers, they can help establish good brushing habits!


However, there can be some negatives to using an electric toothbrush: 

1. Cost: Electric toothbrushes are more expensive than manual ones. Plus replacement heads for your electric toothbrush will not only be an additional cost but can be tough to find.

2. Intolerable For Some: Electric toothbrushes are not for everyone. For some people they can be rather messy due to the movement of saliva in your mouth. Others can find the “vibrating” to be uncomfortable.


Overall, an electric toothbrush is a great idea for people who are needing something a little extra to keep up with their oral hygiene. The big thing is to make sure you are brushing your teeth twice a day, whether it’s with a manual toothbrush or an electric! Be sure to ask our dental team at your next appointment to see if an electric toothbrush is right for you. 

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