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3 Key Benefits of an Electric Toothbrush

March 25, 2024
3 Key Benefits of an Electric Toothbrush

Preventive care is essential to protect teeth and maintain overall health. Most patients brush daily, but due to differences in technique, they may not effectively remove plaque and food. Many family dentists recommend using an electric toothbrush because it efficiently removes debris from all tooth surfaces, improving oral health outcomes.

Benefits of an Electric Toothbrush

1. Better Plaque Removal

Researchers confirm that using an electric toothbrush reduces plaque by up to 22 percent in the long term. Better plaque removal leads to a lower incidence of tooth decay and gum disease.

2. Highly Effective for Older Adults and Children

Many older adults and children have difficulty brushing their teeth. An electric toothbrush makes the process easier and helps to protect these patients' oral health.

3. Save Money in the Long Run

An electric toothbrush may cost more initially, but it is worth the investment. Most rechargeable electric toothbrushes last for years. You should change the replacement heads every three months or when they exhibit signs of wear.

An electric toothbrush effectively removes plaque and food, improving gum health and positively affecting tooth decay rates. These advantages lead to lower dental expenses over time.

Types of Electric Toothbrushes


Rechargeable electric toothbrushes have the highest initial cost but last significantly longer than battery-operated models. A rechargeable toothbrush also has more brushing power than a battery toothbrush.

Rechargeable toothbrushes come in standard and sonic models. Both types provide excellent plaque removal and improve gum health.


A battery-operated toothbrush is an economical option that requires no plugs. If you choose a battery toothbrush, ensure the company sells replacement brush heads.

How to Brush With an Electric Toothbrush

Use a soft-bristled brush head to avoid damaging your gums. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and make gentle circular motions that cover the entire tooth surface. Ensure you brush your gums and tongue, but be careful not to push too hard on the gums.

Frequently Asked Questions About Home Oral Care

How long should I brush my teeth?

Whether you have an electric or manual toothbrush, set a timer and brush for two minutes morning and night. Many electric toothbrushes have a built-in timer. Divide your mouth into sections and spend equal time on each set of teeth.

If I use an electric toothbrush, do I still need to floss?

While many electric toothbrushes advertise "floss-like" action, they cannot replace flossing teeth. Flossing once daily is a cornerstone of gum health, keeping gingivitis at bay. Flossing can also prevent gingivitis from developing into more serious gum disease or periodontitis.

Call Lane Family Dentistry

If you have questions about oral health, please call our Vilonia, AR, office at 501-796-3903. We would happily schedule a consultation or cleaning appointment to help you maximize your oral health.

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