We Recommend Electric Toothbrushes by Dr. Kathryn Jones


This month we are looking at electric toothbrushes versus manual toothbrushes. What are some of the differences? Here are the brands we recommend, and why we recommend an electric over a manual toothbrush.

The world of dentistry is ever evolving, and things have come a long way since the first mass-produced manual toothbrush! In the United States, mass production of manual toothbrushes began in 1885. Not until 1960 did America have its first version of an electric toothbrush. Throughout the years, both electric and manual toothbrushes have highly improved in design and cleaning capabilities. A manual toothbrush can effectively clean your teeth, however electric toothbrushes have many advantages that manual toothbrushes can not provide.

To start, an electric toothbrush pulsates thousands of times per minute! Why is this pulsating important? As the brush bristles pulsate, it removes plaque and bacteria from the teeth. The more pulses per minute, the more effectively it is working. Imagine you are trying to clean an old wooden deck. Your friend has a power washer with an oscillating brush attached, and you have a deck brush. You are in a competition to see who can get their deck cleaner. Your friend clearly is going to have an advantage because the power washer has just that, more power!

When purchasing an electric toothbrush, be aware of battery- powered toothbrushes verses rechargeable electric toothbrushes. Battery-powered toothbrushes, while utilizing slight vibration, still require the user to provide most or all the brushing action. Electric toothbrushes provide all the cleaning action as you simply guide it along the tooth surfaces.
My recommendation for a great electric toothbrush is the Oral-B Genius 8000 or a Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean.

The Oral-B Genius 8000:
1. Has 6 modes
2. A pressure indicator light signaling too much pressure or not enough
3. A vibrating signal every 30 seconds to move to the next quadrant of the mouth, ensuring you brush a full 2 minutes.
4. An app that tracks your brushing time.

The Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean:
1. Three brush heads
2. Three 3 intensities and 5 modes
3. A pressure sensor
4. A 2-minute timer

So, if you're still brushing your teeth manually, look into purchasing an electric toothbrush. Your teeth will feel cleaner, have less plaque and bacteria and your overall health can improve!