Still Using a Manual Toothbrush? Here’s Why You Should Make the Switch to Electric

Still Using a Manual Toothbrush? Here’s Why You Should Make the Switch to Electric

The modern manual toothbrush was invented during the 1930s. Over the years, it’s undergone a number of changes based on evolving dental knowledge. By far the biggest change has been the invention of electric models. These days, dentists often recommend that their patients make the switch to an electric toothbrush because it can offer clear advantages over manual toothbrushes. 

Improved Plaque Removal

Electric toothbrushes are known to be more effective at removing plaque than manual toothbrushes. This is particularly true of the electric toothbrushes with a rotating head. Plaque is a sticky substance that forms on the teeth. It’s comprised of bacteria, which clings to the tooth surface and can cause tooth decay if not removed.

Advanced Features

Unlike manual toothbrushes, electric toothbrushes come equipped with advanced features designed to improve your oral health. These features depend on the make and model you select. For example, you could choose one that has a timer to ensure you brush for the recommended minimum of two minutes. Kids’ models sometimes feature a soundtrack, which entices them to continue brushing for the recommended amount of time. Another feature you might want to look for in a new toothbrush is a pressure sensor. This will alert you when you’re pressing the toothbrush too hard against your teeth and gums.

Ease of Use

Many people find that electric toothbrushes are easier to use than their manual counterparts. Since the toothbrush does most of the work for you, it’s easier to ensure your teeth get well cleaned even if you have issues with manual dexterity. For example, people with arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome are likely to find electric toothbrushes far easier to use than manual ones.

At the office of John R. Carson, DDS, our highest priority is your health and safety. We’d be happy to recommend oral care products that are ideally suited to your needs and lifestyle. Call our dental office in Tucson at (520) 514-7203 to request a teeth cleaning appointment.