Do I Need a Fancy Toothbrush?

Periodontal Services Simi Valley, CABrushing your teeth every day is important for good oral health key to the prevention of oral disease, like gum disease. Are you wondering if there’s anything more you can do? Many of us see electric toothbrushes and wonder if we could benefit from using them. But, do you really need one? No. That’s because, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), both electric and manual toothbrushes are effective at removing the oral plaque that causes decay and disease. Keep reading to learn more about electric toothbrushes if you know you are interested in one.

What is an Electric Toothbrush?

Electric toothbrushes are able to vibrate or rotate (often just on the “head” or where the bristles are)  to help remove plaque from teeth. The vibrating action can cause more micro-movements, which can allow for more chances to clean up plaque.

Effective at Removing Plaque

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


An electric toothbrush with a timer can help you brush for the recommended amount of time, which is around two minutes. If you brush your teeth and provide enough time, you can give yourself a better chance of properly removing plaque. If you rush through your brushing, you may miss a spot that turns into a cavity after being neglected for a while.


When you need to replace your toothbrush, electric toothbrushes often involve just switching out the head (or where the bristles are). Some do involve throwing away the whole device though.

The plastic and other materials that head to the bin are likely smaller than a full manual toothbrush, but it will not last forever and you may need to replace your electric toothbrush entirely one day. If you’re concerned about the amount of plastic you’re throwing away or you’re trying to minimize the waste you produce, there are bamboo manual toothbrushes you may be interested in.

Give us a call today at 805.584.1194 to learn more about how to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful.

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Casey Patterson, DDS
Casey Patterson, DDS and Robert D. Bankhardt, DDS
2720 Cochran St, #2b
Simi Valley CA 93065
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