Ronald L. Cooper DDS, FAGD

The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth for at least two minutes, two times per day.  Regular tooth brushing gets rid of oral plaque which is responsible for causing various oral diseases.

When it comes to brushing, most of us choose between a manual or powered toothbrush.  According to the American Dental Association, when used properly, both manual and powered toothbrushes do an excellent job of cleaning your teeth and keeping them healthy.

The Manual Toothbrush

Most Americans choose a manual toothbrush to clean their teeth.  Manual toothbrushes are affordable and easily purchased at a drug or grocery store.  They are also portable, easy to use and effective for controlling how much pressure you exert on your teeth and gums.  

A Powered or Electric Toothbrush

More than 100 million Americans use an electric toothbrush to clean their teeth.  A powered or electric toothbrush uses bristles with two kinds of motions – rotational oscillation and oscillation. The bristles rotate much faster than manually brushing your teeth thus reducing plaque better and cleaning teeth faster. One study showed that an electric toothbrush may reduce up to 100 percent more plaque than a manual toothbrush.  

More benefits of an electric toothbrush:

Ease of use

Many people find powered toothbrushes very easy to use.  Those who find brushing a chore often enjoy using a tool that does most of the work for them.

Great option for those with limited mobility

Powered toothbrushes do a lot of the work for you making them beneficial for those with physical disabilities or limited mobility.  Those suffering from arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome or other physical ailments may have an easier time brushing their teeth with an electric toothbrush.

Built-In Timer

Many electric toothbrushes have built-in timers that help you monitor how long you are brushing your teeth.  

Focused Teeth Cleaning

Electric toothbrushes can be beneficial in unconventional ways. One study showed those who use electric toothbrushes exude higher levels of focus than manual toothbrush users. Consequently, this can result in better brushing and cleaner teeth.  

Less Waste

Using an electric toothbrush translates to less waste. You only have to replace the head of an electric toothbrush making it less wasteful than having to throw away an entire manual toothbrush.

The Electric Toothbrush That We Recommend

If you opt to use an electric toothbrush, Oral-B has some of the best electric toothbrushes on the market.   

Oral-B electric toothbrushes make it easier to keep your teeth clean using their innovative technology involving oscillating/rotating/pulsating power.  Oral-B powered toothbrushes deliver up to 48,8000 movements per minute. Manual toothbrushes can only deliver 300 to 600 movements per minutes. This makes Oral B superior with removing plaque.  Oral-B powered toothbrushes also include two-minute timers to ensure your teeth are cleaned for an adequate amount of time.

How to Use and Care For an Electric Toothbrush

Proper care of your electric toothbrush is essential for keeping your teeth clean.  Here are six steps for proper brushing recommended by Oral-B:

Step 1: Make sure your toothbrush is charged. Many electric toothbrushes have charge level indicator lights, so you can actually see when the toothbrush is charged.

Step 2: Start with the outside surfaces of the teeth. Guide the brush head slowly from tooth to tooth, holding the brush head in place for a few seconds against each tooth before moving on to the next one. Follow along with the shape of each tooth and the curve of the gums.

Step 3: Repeat Step 2 on the inside surfaces of the teeth.

Step 4: Repeat Step 2 on the chewing surfaces of the teeth as well as behind the back teeth.

Step 5: Direct the brush head along the gum line and upon the gums. Again, do not press hard or scrub.

Step 6: Try grazing the brush head along your tongue and the roof of your mouth, back to front, to help freshen your breath.

Other Tips:

  • Brush each quadrant of your mouth for 30 seconds (two minutes total).
  • After use, let the head of the electric toothbrush air-dry and keep it uncovered to prevent bacteria from growing.
  • Cover up your electric toothbrush while traveling to prevent dust, dirt and bacteria from contaminating the head.
  • If you opt for using a sanitizer to clean your electric toothbrush, use a brand that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


The type of toothbrush (electric or manual) that you use depends on several determinants. These factors include what you are most comfortable with, your dental hygiene habits, and personal preference. It is evident that electric toothbrushes have a better general performance but a manual toothbrush, if used properly, can work just as well. The key to good oral care is brushing regularly.

For your convenience, we usually have the latest Oral-B electric toothbrush available for sale, complete with extra toothbrush heads, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash in Oral-B’s convenient carry bag.  Please be sure to ask us about purchasing!