Electric toothbrush: advantages and disadvantages


Ideally, brush your teeth after every meal or at least twice a day routinely and just as it is important to brush your teeth, so is choosing the correct brush to perform this process. This basic dental hygiene utensil has evolved over the years. Most patients usually use the traditional toothbrush, but for some time the electric toothbrush came to take place in the practice of brushing teeth. However, the efficiency of a tooth brushing depends more on how to do it and not on the object with which we do it. A manual brushing with good technique may be better than an electric tooth brushing if we use it carelessly or vice versa.



The electric toothbrush is your best option if you are looking for comfort and versatility, among its main advantages are:

Brushing intensity: to achieve a good brushing, the ideal is that you perform thousands of movements per minute, with the electric brush you can get up to 30,000 vibrations per minute, which makes oral cleaning much more exhaustive than that achieved with a manual brushing.

Regular movement: these types of brushes manage to perform movements in a constant way since with their automatic vibration with the electric brush we achieve a uniform cleaning on all teeth.

Ideal duration time: it is always advisable to brush your teeth for at least two minutes, which most people cannot do. With the electric brush you can program this duration and get the ideal estimated cleaning time.

Cleaning with orthodontics: this type of brushes are especially helpful in orthodontic patients, since they manage to remove the remains of food accumulated between the wires effectively thanks to their automatic vibratory movements.

Easy to use: this device has a design adapted to a simple and straightforward use, its handles and heads are able to help people with mobility problems so that they can hold and handle it easily while maintaining effective cleaning.


Among the main disadvantages of using this type of device are:

Not recommended for sensitive gums: with the manual brush it is possible to adjust the pressure you use to brush your teeth, which is difficult with the electric one. If you suffer from sensitive gums, by not being able to control the pressure on this brush, they may be affected.

Uncomfortable when traveling: opting for an electric toothbrush requires a bit more space than usual since its charging base for the battery makes it much more cumbersome. This makes it an uncomfortable element when traveling.

Fragility: this utensil is much more prone to damage than a manual one. Having an electrical device so that it can work makes it much more fragile and delicate since if it falls abruptly and / or hits itself with intensity, the probability that its operation is affected is very high.

Now that you know more about the advantages and disadvantages of this type of brush, you can choose with more certainty. Don’t forget to schedule a regular appointment with the dentist. At London Dentaly our specialists will be able to instruct you on which one is the most suitable for you, as well as on the best tooth brushing techniques.


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