Should You Switch to an Electric Toothbrush?


DentistryOne of the breakthroughs in modern dentistry has been the advent of the electric toothbrush. Sales of electric (also known as “power”) toothbrushes have soared in the past decade or so; as a result, you may be wondering if their impact on dental health lives up to the hype that surrounds them.

Here’s a quick guide to help you determine if an electric toothbrush would made a good addition to your dentistry arsenal.

Quiz: Is an Electric Toothbrush Right For You?

  1. Do you have dexterity issues that make it hard for you to manipulate the toothbrush when you brush? Dentists often recommend power toothbrushes to clients who are elderly or who have disabilities that impact their hands or arms for this reason.
  2. Do you have dental work that is hard to clean around? Braces, bridges and other types of dentistry restorations can make it difficult to fully brush or floss ALL the surfaces of one’s teeth. Electric toothbrushes often have extended necks that make cleaning hard-to-reach places a snap.
  3. Do you have gingivitis or periodontitis? Studies have indicated that power toothbrushes do a great job of keeping teeth free of the bacterial plaque that fuels gum disease. Dentists often recommend electric toothbrushes to patients who struggle with either gum condition as a way to keep these serious oral diseases in check.
  4. Do you find it difficult to brush for the full two minutes per session that dentists recommend? Most patients who visit the dentist regularly have been advised about the “two-minute rule” in terms of brushing effectiveness. However, many of us don’t brush anywhere near that long! Whether it’s because of how easy and efficient the power brushes are, or because they make patients more motivated to brush, they seem to encourage longer and more thorough brushing.

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, talk to a cosmetic dentistry professional about selecting an electric toothbrush that fits your oral health needs and your budget.

“Electric toothbrushes are safe, effective and incredibly efficient at keeping your teeth clean,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a practitioner of cosmetic dentistry who has an office located in central Phoenix.



  1. An electric toothbrush is the best way to REALLY get your teeth clean.

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