One of the questions that almost every single one of my patients asks is, “Is an electric toothbrush useful, or should we buy it?” There is a serious price difference between them and ordinary toothbrushes. While a manual brush is in the range of 5-10$, an electric toothbrush has a price scale of 150-200$.
So What Do Scientific Studies Show?
The consensus is that electric toothbrushes reduce plaque and gingivitis more in the short and long term than manual toothbrushes. Rotating electric brush heads seem to be the most effective in this regard.
One of the most important causes of gingival recession is too much pressure and incorrect brushing. In addition, brushing by pressing with wrong movements can also seriously damage the enamel layer on the outermost layer of our teeth. Since the new generation electric brushes are pressure-sensitive, the brush stops by warning when you brush your teeth with too much pressure. For me, this is the best feature of electric toothbrushes.
So, my opinion in the light of scientific studies is that electric brushes are necessary devices for individuals who cannot use manual brushes correctly or who do not use them properly. I would not say that a patient who can provide oral hygiene and gingival health with a manual brush should use an electric toothbrush because he/she can provide oral hygiene healthily and adequately. But if a patient’s oral hygiene is bad, his/her gums are bleeding and unhealthy, I would recommend using an electric toothbrush.