Ringwood Family Dental
Harsh Shah, DMD

Are electric toothbrushes better than manual ones?

If you use an electric toothbrush, you will probably notice that it is easier to remove more plaque with less effort on your part. The important part of brushing is to use proper brushing techniques and fluoride toothpaste for the best results.

Here are some tips to get the most out of brushing your teeth:

  • Brush for at least two minutes.
  • Brush using the tips of the bristles – don’t press hard!
  • When brushing near your gums, use the brush at a 45-degree angle to gently reach slightly below your gums.
  • Change your toothbrush or toothbrush head regularly – at least every three months or sooner if it looks frayed.
  • Brush every surface of your teeth, including behind your teeth.
  • Brush at least twice daily – more if your teeth feel dirty or you eat sugary snacks.

An electric toothbrush can make accomplishing all of these tasks easier. They often come with timers and different settings that make brushing easier and more convenient.

For patients with reduced dexterity due to an injury or arthritis, an electric toothbrush can be easier to maneuver.

If you need help with brushing techniques, we are here for you! Our hygiene team is great at working with patients to achieve maximum oral health. It all starts with great home care!

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