If a manual toothbrush is used for the appropriate amount of time, and done with proper technique, it can perform just as well as a powered toothbrush. But many people don’t brush for the recommended two to three minutes. Improper brushing with any toothbrush can lead to missing areas of the mouth, however an electric toothbrush can help make up for poor brushing technique. Children and patients in braces are also good candidates for powered brushes as their brushing habits tend to be less than optimal.
While everyone certainly does not need an electric toothbrush, in most instances they can be beneficial. Our office typically sees a significant difference in oral health between 6-month visits when a patient has switched to an electric brush. Call our office if you have any questions about which brush is best for you. 913-251-9683