Should I get an electric toothbrush?

Posted Oct 23rd, 2018

Should I get an electric toothbrush?

Our Lethbridge dentists often recommend an electric toothbrush to help make brushing a little easier. Here are a few reasons an electric toothbrush may be a good choice for you.


Manual toothbrushes are highly effective tools for cleaning teeth when they are used with the proper brushing technique, and for the recommended two minutes twice a day.

If you use a manual toothbrush, and you and your dentist are satisfied with your oral hygiene and general oral health, then there’s really no need to make the switch to an electric toothbrush. 

However, if you are struggling to keep your teeth sufficiently clean with a manual toothbrush, an electric toothbrush may be just what you need.

One of the primary benefits of an electric toothbrush is that it does not require very much effort or concentration to use.

Electric toothbrushes with rotating, oscillating heads are recommended by our Lethbridge dentists because they make the correct circular brushing motion. All you have to do is guide the toothbrush gently over the fronts, backs and chewing surfaces of your teeth, and it will do the rest of the work for you!

Electric toothbrushes also help you keep track of how long you brush. Without a watch or timer, it can be hard to tell exactly when two minutes have passed, and you can stop brushing. It’s longer than you might think!

Most electric toothbrush models come with built in timers that notify you after two minutes have passed, so that you’ll know when you're done.

Electric toothbrushes also make it easier to clean hard-to-reach places. One reason for this is the small, round head can reach those tight spots more easily than a standard-sized manual toothbrush. In addition, you don't have to make the brushing motion yourself, and can just hold the electric toothbrush in place rather than trying to scrub at an awkward angle.

An electric toothbrush can also help prevent you from brushing too hard, since you’re not making the brushing motion yourself. Again, all you have to do is guide the brush lightly and evenly around all your teeth, without pressing down very hard. It's all too easy to start pressing hard when you're scrubbing, and an electric toothbrush can help eliminate this problem.

If you’re wondering if an electric toothbrush would be right for you, contact our Lethbridge dentists any time!

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