Does the Type of Toothbrush You Use Matter?
Electric versus Manual Toothbrushes
St. Joseph Dentistry’s Charles Howenstine, DDS, weighs in on the great debate over which is better – a traditional toothbrush or electric. Which do you use? See if your choice made the cut in this Dental Solutions video.
“Now, my dad who’s a retired dentist says he can do just as good of a job with his manual toothbrush, and I’m sure he can, but for the rest of us, the electric brush just does a better job,” says Dr. Howenstine.
In fact, studies show that most people, when they brush their teeth without a two-minute timer, brush for 37 seconds and they think it’s two minutes. Scientists have found that people who use an electric toothbrush have healthier gums, less tooth decay and also keep their teeth for longer, compared with those who use a manual toothbrush. People with dexterity issues also could benefit from the ease of use that an electric toothbrush provides.
“So, by having that timer built into the toothbrush, we can be sure that you’re getting that full two-minute brush.” said Howenstine.
Here is a look at electric toothbrushes that carry the seal of the American Dental Association.
Ask your St. Joseph Dentistry Dentist about whether an electric toothbrush is right for you at your next appointment. To schedule, visit our Contact Us page.