Why Use an Electric Toothbrush?

Why use an electric toothbrush?

Our hygiene therapist Sadie explains why it really is better to use an electric toothbrush.


The main purpose of brushing your teeth is to remove plaque, this will help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.  

Dental plaque is the main cause of gingivitis (gum inflammation) and is implicated in the progression to periodontitis (a more serious form of gum disease) that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth.  The build up of plaque can also lead to tooth decay.  Both gum disease and tooth decay can lead to tooth loss.

Good oral hygiene is key to prevention, and brushing effectively helps to achieve this. Brushing well also leads to clean bright teeth and fresh breath  so that you can have a confident smile.

In a 2014 review of research comparing the efficacy of electric toothbrushing to manual toothbrushing, the independent not-for-profit Cochrane Collaboration concluded that electric toothbrushes–like an Oral-B oscillating-rotating electric toothbrush–consistently reduced plaque and gingivitis more effectively than a manual toothbrush in both the short and long term.

Here are the benefits of Oral-B electric toothbrushes:

  • Built in timer, I recommended to brush for at LEAST 2minutes morning and evening.
  • Pressure control, giving a more gentle clean so damage is not caused to the tooth and gums.
  • 8,800 rotations and 40,000 pulsations per minute, for effective plaque removal.
  • A range of  brush heads to tailor to your own needs, generally a small round brush is best.

To get the most out of your electric toothbrush, keep it charged and remember to change the heads every 10/12 weeks.

If you have any other questions or would like a demonstration on electric toothbrushes, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us at Stafford Street Dental Care!

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