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Are Fancy Toothbrushes Worth It?

General Dentistry Gilbert AZBrushing your teeth every day is important for good oral health and prevention of gum disease and other issues. But are you ever curious if you could be doing more for your teeth? Thinking about upgrading to an electric toothbrush? Don’t run out  to buy an expensive set just yet. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), both electric and manual toothbrushes are effective at removing oral plaque that causes decay which can lead to disease. Keep reading to learn more about electric toothbrushes.

Electric toothbrushes are brushes that are able to vibrate or rotate to help remove plaque from teeth and gums. The vibration means you have more micro-movements that clean your teeth every time you move your toothbrush across each tooth.

Effective at Removing Plaque

Many studies show that, generally, electric toothbrushes do decrease the amount of plaque and gingivitis more than manual toothbrushes. Consistency is key, and it may take a few months to really be able to tell your own results.

Easier to Use

Electric toothbrushes may be easier to use for some people, especially those who have issues with mobility in their hands. If you are someone or you know someone with mobility issues, such as people with carpal tunnel, arthritis, developmental disabilities, or even multiple sclerosis, you may benefit from an electric toothbrush.


An electric toothbrush with a timer can help you better time your brushing. If you brush your teeth long enough you can sufficiently remove plaque from your teeth and gums. If you rush through it, you may risk missing spots or doing a poor job in general.


When you need to switch out your toothbrush, electric toothbrushes often involve just switching out the head in many cases. The plastic and other materials involved are likely smaller than a full manual toothbrush.Single-use electric toothbrushes will need to be entirely replaced, though. If you’re concerned about the amount of plastic you’re throwing away, there are bamboo manual toothbrushes you could look into.

Give us a call today at (480) 539-7979 to learn more about how to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful.

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