Electrical or Manual Toothbrush: Which is Better?

Posted on September 12, 2018 by Dr. Michael Arnett, DDS

This is one of our most frequently asked questions! Our answer? It’s not the toothbrush that matters,
it’s who’s doing the brushing.

Let’s break that down. The goal of tooth brushing is to remove plaque from your teeth on a
consistent (daily!) basis, so that we prevent the buildup of tartar which leads to tooth decay. A
manual toothbrush is a great and inexpensive tool that helps us do just that. Make sure to brush
two minutes per day, twice a day. Gently brush ALL surfaces and make sure to reach those back
molars.


For some people, it can be difficult to brush properly with a manual toothbrush. Those with some
form of motor disability or arthritis may benefit from using an electric toothbrush. An electric
brush can also be helpful for kids or anyone with braces.
The same tooth brushing rules apply – two times per day, two minutes at a time. One advantage
of an electric toothbrush is that some have a built-in timer. If you’re one of those quick brushers
who has a hard time making it to two minutes, consider using a timed electric brush.
At your next dental visit, ask us whether we think you would do better with a manual or electric
brush! And, as always, don’t forget to floss!

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