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Electric vs. Manual Toothbrushes

Electric vs. Manual Toothbrushes

Electric vs. Manual Toothbrushes

Our Surrey dentists recommend electric toothbrushes to help patients do a better job cleaning their teeth. Here are a few reasons that electric toothbrushes have an edge over manual ones.


Provided the correct techniques are used, manual toothbrushes are highly effective for cleaning teeth.

If you and your dentist are both satisfied by the state of your oral health and hygiene, as achieved with your manual toothbrush, good job! You can keep doing what you’re doing.

However, if you or your dentist feel your oral hygiene could do with some improvement, an electric toothbrush can provide some  helpful additional benefits.

They do the brushing for you.

One of the most significant benefits of electric toothbrushes is that they require far less effort to use than manual ones do!

We recommend electric toothbrushes that have heads that oscillate and rotate, because these make the ideal circular brushing motion.

That means that when you're brushing with an electric toothbrush, all you have to worry about is guiding it lightly over the fronts, backs, and chewing surfaces of your teeth; the electric toothbrush will do the rest of the work for you!

Built in Timers

Without a watch or timer, it's not always easy to tell exactly when the recommended two minutes of brushing is up; it's longer than you think!

Most electric toothbrushes (even many basic models) come with built in timers that go off after two minutes, to let you know when you can stop brushing.

They make it easier to clean hard-to-reach places

Electric toothbrushes are small enough to reach those awkward angles at the back of your mouth easily. And the fact that you don't have to make the rotating brushing motion your arm and hand really helps, too.

Brushing too hard? An electric toothbrush may actually help with that, too.

Since you’re not making the brushing motion yourself when using an electric toothbrush, it actually makes it much easier to control the motion and pressure as you brush your teeth. You just guide the brush lightly and evenly around all your teeth, not really pressing down, rather having to make that scrubbing motion that can result in worn down enamel and gums.

If you have questions about choosing an electric toothbrush, please feel free to contact our Surrey office any time!

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