Dentist Questions Electric toothbrushes

Are electric toothbrushes any better for the teeth?

I am considering getting an electric toothbrush. Are electric toothbrushes better for my teeth?

51 Answers

Yes. Removal of bacteria is much more effective with electric toothbrush and you can do less damage to your teeth and gums. Make sure that your toothbrush has a pressure indicator
Electric toothbrushes are good as long as you hold them with the right angle in the right areas. You can get the same result with the manual tooth brush as long as you do it right.
Yes, electric toothbrushes are better cause they move in a continuous motion whereas our hands cannot. Start with a simple inexpensive electric toothbrush to see if it works well with you. You can use the electric toothbrush one time a day and brush manually with your hands another time. Also, ask you dentist to recommend a good one for you. Good luck!
Electric toothbrushes are more efficient in removing plaque. They are very good for people with poor manual dexterity - children, people with severe arthritis in hands and wrists.
it is easier.
Electric toothbrushes can be more effective than manual toothbrushes in that they are more efficient and not as technique sensitive. There are many published papers that emphasize this clinical effectiveness.
I used to tell patients "whatever toothbrush you are committed to brushing with, and if your brushing technique is good - use that brush". I have changed my tune in recent years, since research has proven that all of the better electric brushes (e.g. OralB, Sonicare) consistently clean hard-to-reach spots better than manual brushes do. Some of them even have sensors that monitor and adjust your brushing pressure, to prevent brushing teeth and gums too hard (and damaging surfaces). But remember... no electric toothbrush can clear the plaque (germs) from between teeth and below collar of gum around teeth. That's where floss (or waterpik) comes in handy. I love my electric brush, and gave one to every family member and clinic staff members (and their family members). Hope this helps.
I find that electric tooth brushes make brushing easier but do not have any more benefits then regular manual brushes
I am a big fan of a high quality electric toothbrush. As with anything else, there is a variety of models to choose from from disposable models costing approximately $10 to higher end models costing closer to $200. Consider speaking to your dental professionals for specific advice on which models you should consider. However, generally the higher quality toothbrushes are less abrasive on the teeth and gums. All the motions are taken care and you simply need to move/hold the toothbrush in the appropriate areas. As a result brushing is less technique sensitive. I have seen a difference in my own gums and teeth (as well as for several patients) once the switch was made to a high quality electric toothbrush.
Electric is definitely better than manual. Make sure it is an ultrasonic brush though, as not all electrics are the same. My personal favorite is the Sonicare models, their ultrasonic movement blast plaque off your teeth without harming your gums. They also have timers, and pressure sensors that help you brush for the correct amount of time and not allow you to press too hard so you do the best job possible.
Hi, electric toothbrushes if used correctly are excellent for your teeth. Just remember, they actually work without you having to do a lot of work.. Most like to use it like a regular toothbrush, but you should hold it on each tooth for about 2 to 3 seconds and let the motion of the electric toothbrush do its job.
they are not necessarily better..its a question of efficiency when cleaning each surface of each tooth ..if there are difficulties using one style try the other style and use the one that you can use to do the best job.
If you can brush regularly and twice a day and making sure you throughly cleaned all surfaces , you don t need electric tooth brush at all.
Yes, I believe they are. Sometimes with manual toothbrushes, we tend to aggressively brush which overtime can lead to gum trauma and recession. With the electric toothbrush there is more control, and you just let the spinning bristles do their thing, with no pressure on your part
The most important thing is to clean your teeth thoroughly. Flossing is very important to clean between your teeth and any type of brushing that cleans well will do the same.
Electric toothbrushes don’t make a big difference with regular ones, but in some ways they’re more useful, since they do most of the work for you and it’s recommended to brush your teeth for two minutes most people get tired brushing manually for two minutes, so electric ones are easier to use.
They are also highly recommended for elderly and people with arthritis and hand problems.
The ultrasonic ones also help a bit better with detaching the plaque from your teeth.
Not really. If you brush properly, there is no need for electric toothbrush.
Electric toothbrushes are better than conventional toothbrushes, especially the vibrating type
Electric toothbrushes can be beneficial to many patients, especially if dexterity is an issue.
Yes, They clean the gum line very well as long as you use them for the 2 minutes as directed. Electric Toothbrushes are excellent for those unable to brush well with a manual toothbrush.
Electric brushes can definitely be beneficial. However proper brushing and hygiene can be maintained with any brush.
Power brushes do a very good job but they must be used properly to be effective. Proper brushing with a manual brush also does a very effective job.
Without a question I feel tht the Sonicare electric toothbrushes are better than manual toothbrushes. There are several advantages to it. First, it has a two minute timer on it so you will know when you have brushed your teeth long enough. Secondly it does all the work for you instead of you having to manipulate the hand held brush by yourself. And thirdly, the sonic action of the brush does more to disrupt the bacteria than just a hand held brush.
Yes, they do more with less effort on your part
Yes. Most all studies will show that electric tooth brushes do a better job than a manual. Just like a manual tooth brush you need to use them properly. you can damage the gum tissue around your teeth by over brushing- being to aggressive, pressing to hard.The electric tooth to purchase to purchase is one that will let you know if you are pressing to hard ie-changes sound has a light that comes on. Something that indicates to the user they being to aggressive and will cause damage- Recession loss of gum tissue on the tooth. Proper use just gently guide the tooth brush over all surfaces and let it do the work. Dr.Grimm.
Yes, recent studies show that electric toothbrushes are better than manual toothbrushes
Definitely but try to get one with a round brush
Electric toothbrushes do help many people in cleaning teeth better since it relies less on manual technique. Also, for many medical reasons or very old age, if patients are not able to brush manually for 3-4 minutes, electric brush is a better option.
Having said that, if you brush the right technique with good 4-5 min After every meal, manual is as good. Also, if someone has sensitive gums or teeth,manual would be a better option.
Electric toothbrushes are much better than manual toothbrushes. I recommend the Oral B or Sonicare toothbrushes. They are much more efficient at plaque removal . You need to change the brush heads at least every three to four months.
Generally the answer would be YES. If your electric toothbrush has a 2 minute timer, a pressure sensitivity auto stop (so you don’t brush too hard), and a 2 soft bristle heads than this brush will be terrific for your oral hygiene routine!
The electric tootbrushes can clean your teeth better than a manual brush, with less pressure on the gums and roots of your teeth is used a directed.
Electric toothbrushes are very helpful to your teeth, however, it comes down to propper technique and consistency.
Typically you want to brush for 2 minutes and wet the brush head. Angle the brush head at a 45 degree angle into your gums and roll out toward the crest of the gums.
Generally speaking, yes. Make sure you get a quality brush like oral- b or sonicare. These are rechargeable and very reliable. Brushing technique is still important, as well as duration and frequency of brushing. But remember to floss because no toothbrush reaches completely between the teeth! Also waterpiks are great!
Electric toothbrushes are much better. Sonicare and Braun Oral B are the best
Yes electric toothbrushes are much more efficient at cleaning your teeth and gums than a traditional toothbrush. Scientifically speaking with one use of an electric toothbrush you are doing the equivalent work of a months use of a manual toothbrush.
What is important is good and effective plaque removal and gum stimulation. This can typically be done with regular tooth brushing. With that said, in my opinion, the best mechanical tooth brushes out there are the Crest Oral B and the Sonicare. The Oral B is a good overall and if you want to get real "nerdy" has a phone app that connects to the brush. I recommend the sonicare for my patients who tend to build up more tartar/calculus between dental visits. These products can typically be purchased online or through your dentist.
Yes if used correctly! much better! They don't allow you too brush too hard, they clean the gums above and below your teeth much better. Stimulate your gingiva/gums. Leave your teeth feeling super smooth and plaque free longer throughout the day and night
Yes, but some electric toothbrushes are better than others.
I strongly recommend an electric toothbrush for several reasons; one of the main reasons is that while using a manual toothbrush a person does an average of 300-400 strokes per minute, while an electric toothbrush with the moving head on an average does 7000, sonic toothbrushes (which use vibrations) have an average of 31000-40000 brushstrokes per minute! Which in return removes plaque more efficiently and prevents a smoother enamel surface which helps to prevent plaque build up. Another reason why I recommend electric toothbrushes is because a lot of patients brush their teeth too hard , which causes enamel erosion and tooth sensitivity as well as gum recession. Most electric toothbrushes come equipped with a sensor that stops the toothbrush if pressed too hard against the teeth.
Yes. Electric toothbrushes scrubs more per second, scrubs better than you, and is still gentle to your gums!
I have found electric toothbrushes to be superior to the old fashioned manual tooth brush. The first goal of brushing your teeth is to clean the teeth which is accomplished well with the electric brush. The second goal is to not cause damage to the teeth or gum tissues. Manual brushing over the years causes shrinking of the gums and grooves in the teeth at the gum line of the teeth causing a very expensive problem commonly requiring crown to restore the severely worn teeth. Those most diligent in brushing with a manual brush over the years will cause severe damage to the teeth by abrading a grove into the tooth causing it to appear as though a beaver had chewed into the tooth.
Yes, generally speaking, electric toothbrushes eliminate the vagaries of hand position, pressure exertion, and faulty technique. The electric brush is programmed to move in a particular way. The only thing the operator has to concentrate on is making sure the brush contacts the tooth- Gum area on all teeth
Yes, they are more efficient and can brush longer without fatigue to your hands.
Quality electric (battery operated) toothbrushes are able to remove more plaque , the bacterial buildup that we all get on our teeth and gums, in the same amount of time than brushing manually. I prefer to use ones with not only a timer for the entire brushing time, but with a "signal" when 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 of the way through to aid in brushing each quadrant evenly.
Electric toothbrushes are as good as regular ones IF you use them properly! The best one is Rotadet that stops as soon as you apply extra pressure on it! Also it doesn’t irritate your gum. Please ask your dentist if you can buy it from them since it’s not available over the counter.
Have fun brushing (first flossing) with ur new toothbrush!
I really like an electric toothbrush and use one myself. They are especially helpful for people who brush too hard and for people that have trouble with dexterity. If you get one, I would recommend getting a good one like Sonicare. It has a timer to help make sure you are brushing long enough (2 minutes) and reminds you to move on to a different area each 30 seconds.
Yes. I strongly suggest electric toothbrushes because electric tooth brushes sweeping over your teeth faster. I suggest PhilipSonicare because it sweep its tiny bristles back and forth over your teeth up to 3 times faster than any other electronic toothbrush.
Yes. Electric toothbrushes are more efficient and effective in keeping plaque and calculus to a minimum between professional cleanings
Electric toothbrushes, when used properly, definitely do a better job in cleaning teeth compared to a manual brush.
Hope this helps!

Dr. Rankin
For most cases, electric toothbrushes are an amazing alternative for better oral hygiene at home. I recommend.
In my practice the patients who use Sonic or Braun brushes seem to have the best plaque control. My hygienists report a noticeable difference in the amount of plaque and tartar after patients start using them. So, yes! I have a Sonic brush at home and a Braun at work.