Electric vs. Manual Toothbrushes

Posted Feb 9th, 2018

Electric vs. Manual Toothbrushes

Our Surrey dentists often recommend electric toothbrushes for patients who need a little extra help brushing their teeth thoroughly. Here are a few reasons why electric toothbrushes have an edge over manual ones.


Provided you are using the correct brushing techniques, manual toothbrushes are very effective for cleaning teeth.

If both you and your dentist are satisfied with the level of oral health and hygiene you achieved with your manual toothbrush, good job! You can keep doing what you’re doing.

However, if you or your dentist feel your oral hygiene could do with some improvement, or if you simply find brushing your teeth awkward and inefficient, an electric toothbrush can offer some helpful additional benefits.

They do the brushing for you.

One of the most significant benefits of electric toothbrushes is that they make brushing far easier than than manual ones do!

We recommend electric toothbrushes that have oscillating, rotating heads, because these make the ideal circular brushing motion.

When you're brushing with an electric toothbrush, all you have to worry about is guiding the head lightly over the fronts, backs, and chewing surfaces of your teeth; the electric toothbrush will do the rest of the work for you! 

Built in Timers

Without a watch or timer, it's not always easy to tell exactly when the recommended two minutes of brushing time has gone by; it's longer than you think!

Most electric toothbrushes (even many basic models) come with built in timers that go off after two minutes, to let you know that you can stop brushing.

They make it easier to clean hard-to-reach places

Electric toothbrushes are small enough to reach those awkward angles at the back of your mouth easily. And the fact that you don't have to make the rotating brushing motion your arm and hand really helps, too, especially when it comes to brushing the teeth at the back of your jaw, or behind your front ones.

Brushing too hard? An electric toothbrush can actually help with that, too.

Since you’re not making the brushing motion yourself when using an electric toothbrush, it is much easier to control the motion and pressure as you brush your teeth. You just guide the brush lightly and evenly around all your teeth, and you don't even really have to press down.

If you have questions about choosing an electric toothbrush, please feel free to contact our Ladner Village office any time!

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