Is an electric toothbrush better than a manual toothbrush?

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In this age of ever advancing technology, has the toothbrush succumbed to being just another gadget or does the electric toothbrush play a valuable part in our oral health? The electric brush is much more expensive both to purchase and maintain, but do the benefits out way the extra cost?

Many use the electric toothbrush as we would a manual. This is incorrect. The electric toothbrush is designed to do the work for you. You simply hold it over each tooth, guiding it along the row, allowing the pulsating and/or oscillating head to work its magic.

It is easy to press too hard when using a manual brush causing untold damage to the gums. Some electric toothbrushes have a sensitivity light that will flash allowing you to adjust the pressure.

Most electric toothbrushes come with a timer. This is set for two minutes, the recommended time we should spend morning and night cleaning our teeth. Some will have an added 30 second light to help better manage your cleaning time of each quadrant.

If you struggle with your dexterity due to arthritis or similar disease, an electric toothbrush can help to maintain your oral health as you are only required to hold the device, not maneuver it. The same is applicable for children.

As with a manual, the brush or head, will need replacing on the electric toothbrush to avoid a buildup of bacteria. It is suggested that both should be replaced approximately every three months.

The electric toothbrush is more expensive to purchase and to run but it is an investment in your future oral health. At McGrath Dental, we encourage everyone to use an electric toothbrush twice a day for two minutes each time. We have some available to purchase in the practice, ask the receptionist for details on your next visit.

We also recommend regular checkups with our hygienist and together we will ensure your mouth stays healthy, functional and clean.

To make an appointment with our hygienist, please call 0151 329 2888 or email:


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