Are Electric Toothbrushes Better?

Andrew Forrest,

D.M.D., M.S.


1500 N Federal Hwy.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

(954) 715-1000

Owning an electric toothbrush is not crucial to your dental health, but hey, It certainly helps! There’s no doubt that an electric toothbrush cleans your teeth more effectively than a manual toothbrush. But, not to be outdone completely, the manual toothbrush offers some serious benefits too. Let’s discuss the Pros and Cons.

The “PROS” of a manual toothbrush: They are inexpensive, or even FREE when you visit the dentist. They’re easy to maintain – no batteries or charging needed. There’s variety. Manual toothbrushes come in various styles and bristles to choose from. The “CON”? Well, they simply will not clean your teeth as efficiently as an electric toothbrush.

The “PROS” of an electric toothbrush : Easy to use! Especially for people with reduced dexterity, like arthritis sufferers. Many electric toothbrushes come with a built-in timer making it easier to brush for the recommended two-minutes. Most importantly, research shows that electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque and preventing gum disease. The “CONS” of an electric toothbrush? Cha-ching! That pretty smile will cost you. They range in price from $50 to $250. You’ll have to charge it. There are also potentially breakable, dropping your toothbrush could be fatal!

So, you decide to take the plunge and invest in the electric toothbrush. Which one do we recommend? The Sonicare. Studies have shown that it removes 7x more plaque than a manual toothbrush and eliminates surface stains in just one week. If you’re on the fence about investing in an electric toothbrush, talk to your dental care professional the next time you come in for a cleaning. Keep smiling Ft. Lauderdale!

Dr. Forrest is the Clinical Director of 1500 DENTAL. For more than 15 years, Dr. Forrest has been one of Florida’s leading dentists treating some of the most challenging cases. Using a multi-specialist approach, his practice is comprised of a team of doctors. They have five advanced trained dentists who focus on general, cosmetic, orthodontic, and implant dentistry.

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