Manual vs. Electric Toothbrushes

When it comes to dental hygiene, there is no shortage of products available to keep your teeth clean and free of cavities and tooth decay. Over the years, there has been some debate on whether or not electric toothbrushes provide better results than a standard manual brush. Electric toothbrushes definitely provide some benefit, but is there a significant difference?

The Research

The American Dental Association states that as long as you are brushing your teeth for a total of two minutes in the morning and in the evening, you will be able to combat everyday plaque and other buildup to keep your teeth clean and healthy with an ADA approved manual or electric toothbrush of your choosing.

While the American Dental Association is most certainly the leading resource for all topics regarding dental hygiene, there have been studies done that show electric toothbrushes possessing a slight edge over their manual counterparts.

On behalf of Consumer Reports, a research organization by the name of Cochrane conducted an analysis of 56 studies which found that electric toothbrushes reduced dental plaque up to 21 percent and gingivitis up to 11 percent more than manual toothbrushes after three months of use.

If you are looking for some extra edge in your dental care routine, it may be worth your while to invest in an electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes have a variety of brush motions that are more complex than standard brushing, such as side to side, counter oscillation, rotation oscillation, circular, and ultrasonic.

People who have difficulty with brushing due to oral appliances (such as braces), those with hand dexterity issues, and children may benefit more from using an electric toothbrush because it will simplify brushing for them. People who suffer from gingivitis may also find electric toothbrushes helpful for a deeper clean and more effective results when combating inflammation.

Best Brushes

As mentioned earlier, the best toothbrushes for quality and safety will be ADA approved. They are created with the safest, most durable materials to use in your mouth for about 3-4 months. The ADA has approved products listed on their website here:

Be sure to conduct a little research of your own and ask friends or family which electric or manual toothbrush they use or like best.