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Hamilton Family Dentistry
Mon-Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
222 Chambless Ln Hamilton, GA 31811
Mon-Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
222 Chambless Ln Hamilton, GA 31811
(706) 810-2136

Electric vs. Manual Toothbrush — Your Dentist Makes a Comparison

March 4th, 2021

A toothbrush is a toothbrush is a toothbrush, right? Well, not exactly. When you’re choosing a tool to clean your teeth, you have to think about its size, how hard or soft the bristles are, and whether the brush is of good quality. You also have to decide whether you’re going to use an electric or manual toothbrush. Which type is better? Your dentist in Harris County provides a brief comparison.

Which Is More Effective at Cleaning Teeth?

When you’re picking a toothbrush, the first question you should ask is, “How is this going to affect my oral health?” The good news is that both electric and manual toothbrushes can do a fantastic job of cleaning your teeth. How you use your brush is much more important than which brush you’re using. Regardless of whether your tool is electric or manual, be sure you use good technique. To maintain a clean mouth, be sure you:

  • Use short, gentle strokes.
  • Clean the gum line and the inside part of your teeth
  • Brush your tongue

It should take you about two minutes total to brush your entire mouth; spend roughly one minute cleaning all the surfaces of your upper teeth and one minute on your lower teeth.

Electric Brushes Are Better for Some

While both manual and electric brushes are effective, some people find that their mouths are cleaner and healthier when they go with the powered option. For example, those who have mobility problems (such as arthritis) may find it difficult to get a thorough clean with a manual brush; an electric brush does some of the work for them.

Also, an electric brush might be better for children. After all, they’re so much fun to use! Your kids might actually look forward to cleaning their teeth if they have a brush that makes noise and causes their mouth to feel fresh and tingly.

Other Factors to Consider

Effectiveness is the first thing you should consider when you’re choosing a toothbrush, but there are other factors to take into account as well:

  • Price. Electric brushes cost significantly more. High-end models may set you back hundreds of dollars. You can get a nice manual toothbrush for only a few dollars.
  • Portability. Manual toothbrushes take up less room, making them easier to travel with. You also don’t have to worry about finding a place to plug them in.
  • Your dentist’s recommendation. Your family dentist in Harris County might suggest that you use a particular type of toothbrush. It would be wise to give their recommendation a try.

Ultimately, the type of toothbrush that is best for you depends on your personal circumstances and preference. You can have a healthy smile with either an electric or manual mouth-cleaning tool!

About Hamilton Family Dentistry

Drs. Arrington and Rowland are proud to serve folks in the Hamilton area. They strongly encourage all of their patients to have a great oral hygiene routine. If you would like personalized recommendations for how to keep your smile in great shape, you can contact our office at 706-628-0011.

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FAQ

  • How often should I visit your office?

    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?

    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?

    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?

    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?

    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?

    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?

    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.
  • How often should I visit your office?
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    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?
    image description
    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?
    image description
    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?
    image description
    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?
    image description
    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?
    image description
    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?
    image description
    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.