Arcadia Dentistry
Matthew Milana, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.

Electric vs. Manual Toothbrushes

March 29, 2022
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Posted By: Arcadia Dentistry

Manual toothbrushes have been around for a long time and work beautifully to clean the teeth. However, an electronic toothbrush can also provide excellent results.

Your dentist in Phoenix recommends using the toothbrush type that works best for you—the one that feels good in your hand as you brush. In some cases, patients feel better using the electronic version of a toothbrush and vice versa.

Reasons Your Dentist May Recommend an Electronic Toothbrush

Children or people with specific disabilities, including arthritis, may feel more comfortable using an electronic toothbrush. In addition, the vibrating and turning bristles may mean less work for the brusher and can promote improved oral health for those who have difficulty using a manual brush.

Choosing the Right Toothbrush for Your Needs

First, you want to ensure that the toothbrush you choose—whether electric or manual—is approved by the American Dental Association. Your Phoenix, AZ dentist also strongly recommends a brush with soft bristles so as not to irritate your teeth and gums.

Your toothbrush should feel comfortable in your hand and fit your mouth. For example, children's toothbrushes, both electronic and manual, have shorter arms and bristle heads. Therefore, it is always best for a child to use a toothbrush meant for their age group.

Proper Toothbrushing Techniques

We recommend brushing in a circular motion and hitting the gums. The circular motion should be gentle, and we recommend taking your time. You want to hit every tooth and clean all sides, including the backs of teeth. If you have a dental implant, you should brush this replacement tooth the same way as your natural ones.

Schedule Your Next Checkup and Teeth Cleaning in Phoenix, AZ

Neither an electric nor manual toothbrush can replace twice-yearly dental visits for exams and teeth cleanings. So, it's crucial to do both!

If it's time for your next dental visit, or if you have questions for our helpful team, give us a call today.

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