Are electric toothbrushes really better for your teeth?

It seems everything is going electric these days, from cars to toothbrushes. But is electric always better?

Most dentists recommend their patients use electric toothbrushes, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are better for your teeth. In fact, studies show electric toothbrush users only boast of slightly healthier gums and enamel. So why the big push for electric?

Electric toothbrushes are convenient and effective.

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Electric toothbrushes make brushing your teeth easier. You can push a button and let the brush glide over your teeth without wondering if you’re brushing too hard or too soft. Electric toothbrushes are similar to dental brushes, so perhaps they also remind users of the dentist and, subconsciously, prompt them to brush more carefully.

It all depends on the user.

Some users swear by electric, others don’t like the vibration and would rather use a manual brush. Regardless of what kind of toothbrush you own, there are several factors that still rest on your shoulders including how consistently you brush your teeth, how often you change your toothbrush, and when you go in for a regular dental checkup. Perhaps someday technology will make it possible for you to say “Alexa, brush my teeth as good as the dentist” and you will have to put forth no effort. But until then, you’re on your own.

The verdict

Practicing good oral hygiene is what keeps your teeth healthy, not necessarily the toothbrush itself. Some choices are good across the board such as brushing your teeth thoroughly twice a day with a soft-headed brush or avoiding sugary, acid foods such as soda and candy. But whether your brush is manual or electric?–that’s entirely up to you. We can recommend electric toothbrushes because we know they get the job done, but so do manual ones. Ultimately, you should pick a toothbrush that is enjoyable to brush with and makes your teeth feel clean. Because the best toothbrush for your teeth is the one that you actually use!

Still can’t decide whether electric is the way to go? Ask your dentist what their favorite toothbrush is!