Electric Toothbrushes vs. Manual Toothbrushes

Your oral home care is one of the most essential parts of maintaining good oral health and preventing dental problems from developing.  Dr. Wintermantel and his team want to help you develop the best dental hygiene practices possible.  When you visit our office, we will review your oral hygiene routine with you and make suggestions about how you can improve it.

Electric toothbrushes have gained more and more attention in recent years.  Many people wonder which type of toothbrush is better.  We have provided the following information to give you a better understanding of toothbrushes and help you improve your oral hygiene routines:

  • The American Dental Association does not lean towards one type of toothbrush over the other.
  • Electric toothbrushes may be better for those who have limited mobility or find it difficult to brush with a manual toothbrush.
  • No matter which type of toothbrush you choose, making sure that it has soft bristles to help you avoid abrasions that can cause infection or tooth decay.
  • You can brush just as effectively with a manual toothbrush as you can with an electric one.
  • Depending on your oral condition, Dr. Wintermantel may recommend an electric toothbrush to ensure that you brush for a full 2 minutes and to remove plaque more easily.
  • For either toothbrush type, be sure to replace the head or full toothbrush every 3 to 4 months or when the bristles begin to fray.

If you have further questions about electric and manual toothbrushes, please contact our office at 314-968-1553 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wintermantel.

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