Everyone needs to brush their teeth daily. It should make you feel good and clean. But which type of toothbrush do you prefer? We asked Dr. James Wells to give us his expert opinion on which is better: an electric toothbrush or the standard manual toothbrush.
“Both do an adequate job of cleaning your teeth if used properly,” says Dr. Wells of South Charlotte Dentistry located in Ballantyne.
The history of the toothbrush goes back a long time. According to WebMD, the evolution of the toothbrush has gone through many stages from twigs of sweet smelling woods to being made with hog bristles and bone handles to the plastic ones with nylon bristles that are still used today.
However, with the invention of powered toothbrushes, we seem to have more choicse than ever. The aisle at your local store might be filled with dozens of choices from the very basic to the very expensive.
Regular toothbrushes are simple consisting of small bristles and a plastic handle. Electric toothbrushes are identical except the handle is larger to encompass a battery. With the touch of a button, the bristles of the electric toothbrush move up and down or in a circular motion. With a regular toothbrush, the user moves the bristles around the mouth manually.
Which is better?
“It depends on the user. Kids tend to like an electric toothbrush and it can create a fun atmosphere when teaching them to brush their teeth,” says Dr. Wells. Proper technique is key when teaching children. Making sure all surfaces of the teeth are brushed is important. An electric toothbrush can help children maneuver through the mouth concentrating on reaching every area instead of focusing on moving the toothbrush in a certain motion. Electric toothbrushes also help older patients with arthritis clean their teeth with more ease.
“Although, a regular toothbrush can do a great job, it is recommended to brush your teeth longer if using a regular toothbrush,” says Dr. Wells. A powered or electric toothbrush can clean your teeth in less time.
Electric toothbrushes can cost almost 3x as much as a regular toothbrush. Some brands, like Sonicare or Oral-B Precision, can cost a $100 or more. Also, the brush part of the device will need to be replaced almost as often as a regular toothbrush.
There is evidence from a study done in March 2000 that was published in the Journal of American Dental Association, that oral hygiene can be improved by using an electric toothbrush. But the improvement was not substantial when compared to patients that used a regular toothbrush.
“It really comes down to preference,” says Dr. Wells, “The key is to use the right toothbrush for your mouth, and to use is properly.” South Charlotte Dentistry helps their patients learn the correct procedure and their staff takes the time to answer questions about which toothbrush is right for their patients. South Charlotte Dentistry is a family practice located in Ballantyne. To make an appointment visit their website, or give them a call at 704-759-0908.
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