Electric toothbrushes—you’ve seen commercials for them and walked past them in the aisle. You wonder, “Are they really worth the money?” When some models cost as much as $180, it’s best to do your research before upgrading.
Let’s find out more about manual vs. electric toothbrush traits:
The American Dental Association says both kinds of toothbrushes are effective if you brush for two minutes twice a day. But, a Cochrane Oral Health Group review found that electric brushes have a slight edge. The study saw:
The long-term oral health benefits of electric toothbrushes are still unclear, however, this information allows us to see that electric brushes do have a slight advantage over manual brushes.
No matter which option you choose, a clean mouth is dependent on proper brush use. Some electric brushes move side-to-side, while others move in a circular motion. Some manual toothbrushes have larger heads and layered bristles. Regardless of style, you need to brush twice a day for two minutes to see any benefits.
You should also use a brush with soft bristles to prevent gum damage. Too much pressure from a toothbrush can wear enamel and cause tooth sensitivity. Brushing should include all surfaces—top of your mouth, sides, your tongue, cheeks. The ADA even recommends chewing while brushing.
Wondering which powered brush is best for your mouth? Use this guide from the ADA to check for electric brushes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. These electric toothbrushes have to meet specific standards set by the ADA.
Still not convinced an electric toothbrush is right for you? That’s ok! You can use this guide from the ADA to check for manual brushes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance, too.
Talk to your dentist before making any changes. Ensure you’re choosing the best toothbrush for your smile, and keeping a clean toothbrush routine.
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