Can an electric toothbrush to remove more plaque?
The short answer is, yes. Read on to learn how an electric toothbrush removes more plaque and what research has been conducted to prove that they remove more plaque.
Electric vs Manual Toothbrush
So, as I pointed out earlier, an electric toothbrush can remove more plaque and it has been clinically proven. I should state that when we say is removing more plaque, this is in comparison to use of a manual toothbrush. Now, a manual toothbrush, if used correctly is perfectly adequate for brushing your teeth. But there are benefits to using an electric toothbrush, and studies have confirmed that an electric toothbrush can remove more plaque than a manual brush.
What is Plaque?
Plaque is essentially the very reason that we brush our teeth. It is essentially a buildup of bacteria that forms primarily around the gum line of the teeth. And if we don’t remove it, this plaque can harden into something called tartar or calculus. And in turn this complicates our oral health and can lead to conditions such as gingivitis and Gum disease that we really want to avoid.
Ways To Keep Your Mouth Healthy
So we know that to keep your mouth healthy, you need to brush and floss your teeth regularly. So an electric toothbrush can really help keep your mouth healthy because it ultimately removes more plaque. However, it does only remove more plaque if you are indeed using the toothbrush correctly. It is important to note that, the way you use an electric toothbrush is slightly different to the way that you would use a manual toothbrush. There’s another article here on our blog that explains how to use an electric toothbrush correctly.
Now there are many studies that have looked into the efficacy of plaque removal by an electric toothbrush. But research group Cochrane has perhaps done the best independent research. In my opinion, they looked at data from a number of studies from 1964 through 2011. The independent analysis that Cochran carried out revealed that over 5,000 participants had taken part in these studies that they analyzed. The data clearly showed that electric toothbrushes had removed more plaque. There was an 11% reduction in plaque at one to three months of use. And a 21% reduction in plaque when assessed after three months of use. For gingivitis or the early stages of gum disease, there was a 6% reduction at one to three months of use. And an 11% reduction when assessed after three months of use.
In more recent studies, notably a very impressive 11-year study into electric toothbrush use, found that 36.9% of the participants had less probing depth, which is a measure of overall gum and oral health. So that 11 year study clearly showed that 36.9% of participants had better oral health after using an electric toothbrush.
So not all of these studies necessarily tally 100%. Different studies look at slightly different parameters and use different toothbrushes, so the results can vary. However, the general consensus is based on the data that an electric toothbrush can remove more plaque.
Why Electric Toothbrush Is It Better?
And it does so because of the way in which an electric toothbrush works. Because it is powered by a motor, you get a more consistent movement in the bristles at the brush head. Which in turn means that the brushing is generally more effective for users like you and I. And it ultimately removes more plaque in the process.
Rotating or Sonic?
Now, the way in which you use your toothbrush will have a bearing on how effective it is now. Something that often comes up is whether a rotating toothbrush is better than a sonic electric toothbrush. Now the data does suggest that the rotating brushes do perform a little bit better when it comes to plaque removal. But there is also quite clear instructions from the independent research that suggests more data is needed on this point. And the reality of the situation is either a rotating or sonic electric toothbrush is likely going to provide an increased plaque removal, if used correctly.
To Sum It Up
To conclude, you can still have perfectly healthy teeth and gums when using a manual toothbrush. But the increased movements and consistency of the movements in an electric toothbrush allow the electric toothbrush to overall perform better and improve your oral health.