Removing plaque build-up each morning and night, by regular and effective brushing and flossing, helps prevent diseases and tooth decay. Electric toothbrushes have become an alternative method for brushing teeth and plaque prevention. 

Choosing whether to continue using a manual toothbrush or exchange it for an electric toothbrush can be a difficult decision. Our compassionate team at Alba Dental is always happy to assist you in making the right decision.

Manual Toothbrushes

Traditional toothbrushes have been the staple method of cleaning teeth along with flossing. Manual brushes clean and remove plaque and prevent threats to your oral health. These brushes give the user more control over the brushing pressure, speed, and brushing style. Simple to use and affordable, traditional toothbrushes are a comfortable option for most people. Manual toothbrushes are also extremely accessible, affordable, and allows you to alter the cleaning method as advised by your dentist or hygienist. However, because manual toothbrushes are not timed, the brusher can easily cut their brushing time down, and an intentionally miss cleaning some areas intraorally. This can result in ineffective oral care, including not removing the plaque properly.

Electric Toothbrushes

Depending on the type of electric toothbrush, the user may be able to clean their teeth more thoroughly than a manual brush. Some electric toothbrushes are timed to stop after two minutes and alert the user, so they are informed of completing the full brushing duration. Electronic toothbrushes decrease the likelihood of plaque build-up and reduce gingivitis by 11%, according to some studies. Using an electric toothbrush can also be more enjoyable and improve brushing focus for more effective cleaning. Children especially may be more inclined to brush their teeth with an electric toothbrush, because it may have musical features, fun cartoon drawings or a cool toy built onto the brush. This can make caring for oral health easier and something to look forward to in the morning and before bedtime. For children, adults or seniors with limited mobility, electric toothbrushes require less physical maintenance than a manual brush by doing most of the teeth cleaning work for them. 

Alba Dental is a dental clinic in London, Ontario, that has been voted the 2019 Top Choice dental clinic in London in 2019, Also it has been nominated for the 2020 Top Choice Award. Our highly trained, compassionate and welcoming team of dentists, hygienists, and team members in London treat each patient with the utmost effective oral care. We direct bill and we advise you on the benefits. Call us to book an appointment today to get started on improving your oral health!