We frequently see patients who ask us whether or not it’s worth it to pay for a more expensive electric toothbrush, commonly offered by Sonicare, Braun, and other manufacturers. Like most things in dentistry, the answer depends on the patient and their dental health circumstances.

Electric toothbrushes have a few benefits, including a timer that helps users know when to switch quadrants of the mouth or when to stop brushing. The toothbrushes are also easy for people with arthritis or other problems to use, as they can clean areas that are hard to reach and often neglected, which may reduce decay and disease.

Finally, electric toothbrushes power themselves, which can be helpful for patients who tend to brush too aggressively and cause harm to their enamel over time.

While electric toothbrushes offer a few benefits, manual toothbrushes can clean your teeth well enough to keep dental decay at bay. The most important thing to remember is to brush consistently and see a dentist for a cleaning twice a year.

Watch the video below to learn what the American Dental Association has to say in regards to electric toothbrushes:

Transcript:

“It can if you have trouble holding a brush if you have arthritis in the hands or a sore finger. However, all things being equal, an electric brush or a hand brush will do the same good job. You see, it’s not the brush, it’s the brusher.”

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