Why Use an Electric Toothbrush?

By July 21, 2015 July 7th, 2017 Blog, Life with Braces, Maintenance



Why switch from a manual to an electric toothbrush? Electric brushes are simply more effective at removing plaque and keeping your teeth clean and healthy. If you read our last post on how to brush properly with braces, you know that good oral hygiene practices are particularly important for orthodontic patients. If you don’t keep your teeth and braces clean, you may be at risk for various dental health issues. Using an electric toothbrush will help you maintain a beautiful smile and reduce your risk for problems like enamel staining, tooth decay, and decalcification.

Advantages of Electric Toothbrushes

Electric toothbrushes offer many advantages over traditional manual ones. Compared to manual brushes, electric brushes:

  • Are more effective at removing plaque (especially for patients with braces)
  • Are better at preventing gingivitis
  • Are easier and more fun to use (which is great news if you have a hard time getting your kids to brush!)
  • Offer cool features such as timers, bluetooth connectivity, wireless smart guides, and pressure sensors that let you know when you’re brushing too hard
  • Are scientifically proven and recommended by the AAO

Decalcification Video

AAO Study on Electric Vs. Manual Toothbrushes

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) has conducted scientific studies showing that electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque in orthodontic patients. According to this AAO study published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, electric brushes “demonstrated significantly greater plaque removal” compared to manual brushes. Furthermore, when comparing different brush heads, they found that “the orthodontic brush head was superior to the regular head.”

Free Oral B Electric Toothbrush Package for New Patients

At Dougherty Orthodontics, we recommend using an Oral B electric toothbrush with an orthodontic brush head. We feel so strongly about good oral health with braces that we offer a free orthodontic Oral B electric toothbrush package to each patient who begins full treatment in our office! The package includes the electric brush with a bluetooth timer, toothpaste, mouthrinse, and floss samples.

Do you have any questions or concerns regarding toothbrushes, braces, or oral health? Would you like to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist? Contact us today!


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