Never buy a toothbrush based solely on the “fact” that it’s been recommended by “nine out of ten dentists.” The tenth dentist would probably tell you that misleading marketing claims should not factor into your decision when shopping for a toothbrush. Even if the pervasive “nine out of ten dentists” claims were made in good faith, dentists are supposed to recommend products that fulfill your unique dental health needs. It’s unlikely that ninety percent of America’s dentists are recommending the exact same toothbrush for all of their patients because there are no “one size fits all” solutions for dental hygiene.
Are electric toothbrushes more effective than manual toothbrushes?
Simply put, no, electric toothbrushes and manual toothbrushes work equally well for teeth cleaning, according to the American Dental Association. However, some people might see improved oral hygiene with an electric toothbrush because many electric toothbrushes are designed to help eliminate bad brushing habits. Additionally, folks who deal with dexterity issues may have an easier time brushing with an electric brush, therefore giving them the ability to perform a more thorough cleaning. But ultimately, manual toothbrushes can clean your teeth just as well as an electric toothbrush.
Which electric toothbrush models are best?
The American Dental Association (ADA) awards a “Seal of Acceptance” to dental hygiene products that are objectively safe and effective, as judged by the ADA’s Council on Scientific Affairs. So instead of taking advice from ““nine out of ten dentists,” you should follow the ADA’s lead.
Only ten electric toothbrushes have the ADA Seal of Acceptance, and they are as follows:
- Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Pro Series Battery Powered Toothbrush
- Oral-B Oscillating-Rotating-Pulsating Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
- Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean
- PRO-SYS VarioSonic Powerbrush
- quip Electric Toothbrush
- quip Kids Electric Toothbrush
- CVS Health EasyFlex Pro Premium Rechargeable Toothbrush
- CVS Health Infinity Rechargeable Toothbrush
- CVS Health SmileSonic Max Power Pro Toothbrush
- CVS Health SmileSonic Pro Advanced Clean Sonic Toothbrush
Best Practices for Manual and Electric Toothbrushes
You should always brush for two minutes with gentle motions, making sure to clean every surface in your mouth thoroughly. Make sure to replace your toothbrush when the bristles start to look matted and frayed, or every three to four months. Speaking of bristles, always opt for a toothbrush with soft bristles, as this will help to reduce the risk of gingival injury. Lastly, to reduce bacteria buildup on your toothbrush, make sure to leave it in an upright position when you are done brushing, as this will help to dry the bristles out fully and create an environment less suitable for bacteria growth.