Why You Should Consider Switching to an Electric Toothbrush

Dr. Antonio Otero
Jan 7 · 3 min read

If you live in the Miami area, like others around the country, want to know how you can get the best teeth cleaning at home. Removing plaque from your teeth is crucial to having good oral hygiene. It’s the plague left on teeth that wreaks havoc on them, leading to dental carries, or cavities, as well as gingivitis and a variety of other problems. It’s important that you take the most effective route to removing plaque from your teeth, and according to the research you may benefit from making the switch to an electric toothbrush.

Many people wonder which type of toothbrush does a better job removing plaque — an electric toothbrush, or a manual one. There have been a few studies over the years that have put the two to the test to measure just that. A recent study, which was published in the October 2018 issue of the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, reported the findings of their study that put the electric toothbrush to the test.

The study evaluated the oscillating-rotating electric rechargeable toothbrush verses using a manual toothbrush for reducing plaque and gingivitis. Researchers had 150 participants in the study, each with mild-to-moderate plaque and gingivitis. They all received an oral examination and were evaluated before beginning the study. They were randomly assigned either an electric toothbrush or manual ones, and assigned to brush twice per day, and were evaluated again at the end of the study.

What the researchers report is that the electric toothbrushes were more effective at removing plaque and reducing gingivitis. In fact, they noted that the oscillating-rotating electric rechargeable toothbrush produced significantly greater reductions in gingivitis compared to the manual toothbrush.

This is not the first study of its kind. There have been numerous others that come up with similar results. Electric toothbrushes have an ability to help you remove more plaque from your teeth, reduce gingivitis, and help you get a better clean in difficult areas. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot on an electric toothbrush, either. Another research study that was published in the March 2018 issue of the Journal of Clinical Dentistry, reported the findings of a study that put entry-level electric toothbrushes to the test against the premium sonic ones. The concluded that the entry-level oscillating-rotating brush actually performed better than the premium sonic one did when it came to removing plaque and reducing gingivitis.

At Otero Dental Centers, we want our patients to have the best information available when it comes to taking care of your teeth. We have helped many people in the Miami-Dade area with all of their dental needs. If you have any questions about electric toothbrushes or how to get the most effective cleaning, contact us. We’re happy to help!

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