Is there any advantage to using a powered (electric or sonic) toothbrush compared with a manual toothbrush? Not necessarily. The key to good oral hygiene is correct and effective use of a toothbrush. But many people have a hard time brushing correctly. For them, one of the main advantages of a powered toothbrush is it’s easier to brush correctly. Other advantages of powered toothbrushes include:
- Brushing becomes easier for people with medical conditions that limit manual dexterity (such as arthritis), or who are elderly or physically handicapped, or have oral conditions (such as misaligned teeth or teeth with uneven surfaces) that make thorough cleaning of all tooth surfaces difficult.
- They make it easier to clean teeth with braces and other orthodontic appliances.
- People may enjoy cleaning their teeth more since use of a powered toothbrush might be considered “fun” or “different” and therefore brush more frequently as a result. Others might be motivated to brush longer or correctly because of the money spent on purchasing the toothbrush.
- They remove more plaque and reduce your risks of gingivitis better than manual toothbrushes. At least one study has shown that the long-term (4 to 6 months) use of powered toothbrushes produce significant reductions in the amount of dental plaque on the teeth — and therefore improves the oral health — of patients with periodontal disease.
- They minimize or eliminate tooth staining. The scrubbing effect of powered toothbrushes may be superior to manual toothbrushes in possibly reducing or even totally removing surface stains on teeth.