During every teeth cleaning, our dental hygienists consult with each patient about their at-home care. This part of the process helps us identify habits that may be impacting the person’s teeth and clarify their questions. One common question we hear around the office is, “Should I be using an electric toothbrush?”
You’ll find that the answer to this question is almost always yes.
Advantages of Using an Electric Toothbrush
- Effective plaque removal. Electric toothbrushes, especially those with heads that oscillate (rotate in both directions), are very good at removing dental plaque.
- Less wear-and-tear. Some individuals brush harder when using a manual toothbrush. Brushing with an electric toothbrush may result in less wear-and-tear on the teeth.
- Prevents tooth loss. The results of one 11-year long study showed that electric toothbrushes were more effective than manual brushing in preventing tooth loss.
Can I use an electric toothbrush with braces?
Yes. An electric toothbrush can be especially useful for those with braces, as cleaning thoroughly around the brackets is key to avoiding complications.
Yes. Those currently undergoing Invisalign® treatment can use a sonic or oscillating toothbrush. Both types of electric toothbrush are too gentle to damage or break off your attachments.
…with dental implants?
Yes—once your dental implants have healed. If you are currently in the process of getting implants, your dentist may want you to stick with manual brushing.
The Bottom Line
So long as you’re brushing twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time, your dentist is happy! Everyone’s mouth is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. Talking one-on-one with your dental hygienist is the best way to get a recommendation that suits your smile.
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