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Are Electric Toothbrushes Really Best?

Electric toothbrushes seem to have entered the oral hygiene field and dominated it, for good reason. There are many benefits to using an electric toothbrush compared to a manual toothbrush, making it worth the investment and better for the environment as you don’t have to discard an entire toothbrush regularly.

Benefits of Electric Toothbrushes

Unbeatable Plaque Removal

An independent study performed in 2005 found that “Brushes that worked with a rotation oscillation action removed more plaque and reduced gingivitis more effectively than manual brushes in the short and long term.”

It is proven that electric toothbrushes that oscillate remove far more plaque than a regular manual brush. The rotating bristles help remove stubborn stains and plaque without putting unnecessary pressure on your teeth or damaging your enable.

The movement of the bristles also helps remove plaque and food debris beneath the gum line, decreasing your risk of gum disease or more advanced gum disease.

Easy To Use

Electric toothbrushes take the manual labour out of brushing your teeth as they do the cleaning action for you, no need for brushing forwards and backwards. The oscillating brushes do the hard work, all you have to do is glide the brush over the surface of your teeth and make sure you cover all four parts of your mouth.

Electric toothbrushes can be perfect for people who suffer with arthritis, as they are lightweight and take away the repetitive movement.


Electric toothbrushes become more advanced every year and some models have some impressive features such as: different brushing mode, pressure sensors, timers, Bluetooth and sensors to make sure you are brushing thoroughly. However, these features aren’t necessary and are purely optional.

Whilst you can have healthy, clean teeth by using a manual toothbrush, most dental professionals will recommend an electric toothbrush. Most importantly, you should make sure that you:

· Are brushing your teeth twice a day

· Flossing your teeth twice a day (once a day at minimum, before bed)

· Visiting the dentist regularly

· Avoiding sugary foods and drinks

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