Traditional vs Electric Toothbrush

Traditional vs. Electric Toothbrush
Posted on 05/29/2017

Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene

Brushing your teeth is an important part of your daily dental care routine in order to prevent plaque buildup and cavities. Dr. Paul S. Herrin recommends that your teeth be brushed twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush that easily fits your mouth to reach those hard to get places. Not using a proper brush can negatively affect your oral health and lead to dental diseases in the future. With so many options and brand names, we understand that it can be an overwhelming experience to find a toothbrush that is right for you. There are 2 type of toothbrushes available: traditional and electric. Each brush has its own benefits and uses; however, is there one that cleans better than the other?

Traditional Toothbrush

iStock-497320068A traditional toothbrush can come in various sizes and bristle strengths, and can be easily purchased at any store or provided by Dr. Herrin after your yearly checkup. It is the most commonly used brush due to its accessibility and personalization. If you are thinking about a traditional toothbrush, here are some points to consider:

  • More control over the way you brush - how quickly you want to brush or the amount of pressure you put on the brush
  • Relatively inexpensive to purchase
  • Easy to travel with since there is no need to bring a charger or batteries
  • Can be more work when you need to have the right techniques to thoroughly clean teeth
  • You will need to estimate how long you have been brushing unless you have a timer available on hand

Electric Toothbrush

iStock-539112810An electric toothbrush is a brush that makes rapid rotational movements to clean teeth. Using the proper brushing techniques, it can make your daily dental routine a more enjoyable experience while effectively removing any plaque and gingivitis. If you are considering an electric toothbrush, here are some points to keep in mind:

  • Since it is a powered toothbrush, it requires less work and is easy to use
  • Uses a built in timer that stops brushing or flashes light when you have brushed for 2 minutes
  • You will need to charge the toothbrush for it the clean your teeth properly
  • It is more costly than a traditional toothbrush

Schedule An Appointment With Your Florissant, MO Dentist

Regardless of what type of toothbrush you use, both are very effective as long as you use the right brushing techniques. On top of maintaining a good dental routine, it is important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Herrin every 6 months to a year for a professional check up. If you would like to know more about our dental services, please give us a call at (314) 921-0070 or stop by our office in Florissant, MO.


  • PAUL S. HERRIN, D.D.S. - 395 Derhake Rd., Florissant, MO 63031 Phone: 314-921-0070 Fax: 314-921-7506

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