While choosing from a vast array of available toothbrush options can be confusing, the addition of electric toothbrushes have also proven to be a headache.

But are electric toothbrushes better than the traditional ones? Let us discover the pros and cons of the electric toothbrush as presented by your Newport Beach dentist:



  • The distinct advantage of an electric toothbrush is that it’s fun to use especially for children.
  • Electric toothbrushes can be a  time saver as this provide a cleaning job of delivering 6,000 and 30,000 strokes per minute.
  • For those who do not have the ability or grip to operate a manual toothbrush, an electric toothbrush is a great option. It is comfortable to hold and takes care of the rotating action for you.
  • Powered toothbrushes are far superior to manual brushes when it comes to plaque and stain removal.
  • Because the brushing motions are controlled, there is less likely for you to get dental abrasions caused by too much force exerted during brushing.
  • Other features of electric brushes that make it superior to manual toothbrushes are built-in timers, pressure sensors, and even UV sterilizers.



  • On the other hand, even a cheap electric toothbrush can cost more than a manual toothbrush.  That means that these can be pricey,  as the heads should be replaced just as frequently as a manual toothbrush should be depending on the toothbrush model type.
  • Also, controlling the pressure of electric toothbrushes can be troublesome. There are some who find the vibrations created by the toothbrush to be aggravating, or even painful especially those with gum issues, loose teeth or general sensitivity.


How to Use the Electric Toothbrush

  1. Direct the bristles towards your gums at a 45 degrees angle.
  1. Rock the toothbrush back and forth on each tooth for about five to ten seconds.


Make sure to replace your electric toothbrush’ heads every three months.  Make sure to floss too as this remove plaque from between your teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach.

In the end, the most important rule for maintaining a healthy smile according to your Newport Beach dentist is oral hygiene no matter which toothbrush you choose.