Is an Electric Toothbrush Superior to a Manual Toothbrush?

Is an Electric Toothbrush Superior to a Manual Toothbrush?


Can an electric toothbrush, also called a power toothbrush or sonic toothbrush provide superior plaque removal to a manual toothbrush?  Many dentists recommend an electric toothbrush, like the Oral B 5000 or Sonicare Flexcare to their patients, since using an electric toothbrush has many dental care benefits over a manual toothbrush.

Superior Plaque Removal

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, the best toothbrush that you can buy is the one that provides the most complete cleaning of your teeth and gums, and one you will actually use.    Many dentists recommend an electric toothbrush, like the  Sonicare Flexcare or Oral-B 5000 Electric Toothbrush, due to having an rotation oscillation and vibrating action similar to a dentist cleaning, that more easily breaks up and removes more plaque and reduces gingivitis more effectively than manual brushes.

How Long Should You Spend Brushing Your Teeth?

The American Dental Association recommends brushing teeth for two minutes two times per day.  Most people spend anywhere from ten seconds to 3o seconds brushing teeth once a day, far below the recommended amount of time.  Unless you use a timer religiously when brushing teeth with a manual toothbrush to ensure you are brushing for two minutes, a sonic toothbrush is equipped with a timer to ensure you are brushing accurately.

Do You Brush Too Hard?


Whether you use a hard or soft bristle manual toothbrush, many adults brush too hard.  The most notable symptoms of brushing too hard are receding gum lines, bleeding gums or teeth that are no longer white, due to enamel being brushed away.  A notable benefit of using an electrc toothbrush is that people learn to apply less pressure with an electric  toothbrush, thus preventing bleeding gums, gum loss or stripping away vital enamel that protects teeth from cavity-causing bacteria.

Oral-B pioneered this oscillating-pulsating and cupping power technology in 1991 and has remained the leading manufacturer of manual and electric toothbrushes toothbrushes worldwide.

If you begin to brush too hard, the happy face on the timer turns to sad frowning face, and once you stop brushing too hard, the sad face turns to a happy face again.

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  1. Ken 06/03/2013
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