Brushing at least twice daily is vital for your oral health. Using an electric toothbrush, you can achieve a healthy smile with a solid at-home regimen and regular professional cleanings more easily than with a manual brush. If you are ready to purchase a new toothbrush, consider the benefits of each one from our dental team at Providence Dental Spa.

Benefits of an Electric Toothbrush

  •       Fights Plaque More Effectively—Electric toothbrushes rotate in alternating directions in a circular motion. This brushing method removes plaque and combats gum disease more effectively than a manual toothbrush. If you need an electric toothbrush recommendation, reach out to our hygienists. We actually have our favorite electric ones by Philips Sonicare available for purchase at Providence Dental Spa.
  •       Provides Relief for Patients Living with Limited Mobility—If you suffer from arthritis or carpal tunnel, a repetitive motion like toothbrushing could be challenging and painful. An electric toothbrush will do the work and minimize your discomfort.
  •       Ensures Proper Brushing Time—Many electric toothbrushes come with built-in timers to make sure that your teeth have enough cleaning time. Since most people are not going to count while brushing manually, this feature on the electric toothbrush is a strong benefit. Ideally, you should be brushing for two minutes in the morning and at night.
  •       Avoid Hurting your Gums—Brushing harder does not necessarily equate to better brushing. You can cause gum recession and damage from brushing too intensely. An electric toothbrush will be less likely to cause gum recession. You can even get an electric toothbrush that lights up red to let you know when you are brushing too hard.

Benefits of a Manual Toothbrush

  •       Costs Very Little—Manual toothbrushes are highly affordable as you can purchase even a name brand one for under $5. With a low upfront cost, you can justify purchasing new ones as soon as your manual one appears a little worn. You should be replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months, so it is nice that the cost is so low. However, you get what you pay for in terms of features and brushing quality.
  •       Sells at Convenient Locations—Finding a manual toothbrush is easy. You can buy one everywhere from a grocery store to a pharmacy to a gas station. Getting your next toothbrush will never be a challenge if you are sticking with a manual toothbrush.

Regardless of your toothbrush choice, make sure to brush twice a day for a healthy smile. At Providence Dental Spa, we strongly recommend choosing an electric toothbrush. Your teeth and gums will be much healthier as a result. If you are interested in purchasing a quality electric toothbrush, you can purchase one directly from us whenever you choose to visit. Also, remember to schedule your routine cleanings at Providence Dental Spa!