With all the advances in home hygiene care, I get a lot of questions on whether an electric toothbrush is better than a manual toothbrush.  The answer comes from how you brush.  If you brush for at least 2 minutes, 2-3 times a day with either you will have great results. However, many people do not brush for even 30 seconds with a manual brush.  

Here are the main advantages of an electric toothbrush:

  1. Most electric toothbrushes are equipped with 2 minute timers that encourage the user to brush for the appropriate amount of time and even pulse every 30 secs to allow you to brush each quadrant of your mouth equally.  
  2. The brush head of an electric toothbrush is either oscillating or vibrating to aid in more efficient plaque removal.  This is important because this movement is a great help, especially to those that have limited dexterity.  
  3. Some electric toothbrushes come with a sanitizing device allowing you to clean your brush head in between cleanings.
  4. New electric toothbrushes can change their movement to let you know if you are brushing to aggressively.

Again, both brushes are able to complete great home care as long as you put in the time!