Do electric toothbrushes work better than manual toothbrushes?

December 13, 2012
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You brush twice a day and floss to keep your teeth clean and free from plaque and tartar and to keep your smile bright. But you might be wondering if an electric or power toothbrush would perform better than your manual toothbrush or vice versa. Naturally, you want to know what dentists recommend. Which one is better?

Decide what works for you
The answer about what brush is better depends on you. Used correctly, manual toothbrushes can be effective but so can electric toothbrushes.
But if you struggle to get your teeth clean or if you brush too hard, a power toothbrush could be helpful.

The important thing is that you brush regularly—two minutes, twice a day (link:

Electric toothbrushes are rechargeable units that must be plugged in. They can range in price from $25 to more than $100. Brush heads vary in size, shape and function and should be changed every three to six months.

Many electric toothbrush devotees like the feature special modes for sensitive teeth, gum massage and whitening. The special bristles can help those who struggle more easily clean teeth. Many electric toothbrushes indicate instances when you’re brushing too hard, saving your gums and tooth enamel.

Whatever you choose, it’s best to look for brushes that have the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Approval that ensures that the toothbrushes are safe and effective. Now, get brushing!

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