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The Great Toothbrush Debate, Electric vs. Disposable

The toothbrush is your primary weapon in the war against tooth decay and gum disease. At Sandy Family Dentistry – your dental practice in Sandy OR, we believe that good dental hygiene improves your general wellbeing, and decreases your odds of developing health conditions linked to gum disease, such as heart disease and diabetes. Since brushing properly twice a day already helps reduce the buildup of plague, does the type of toothbrush you use real make that big a difference? Electric toothbrushes versus disposable toothbrushes, let the debate begin.



  •  Disposable toothbrushes generally only cost a few dollars and come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors.
  • A disposable brush with soft bristles allows you to brush your teeth as vigorously as you like without irritating your gums or damaging the enamel on your teeth.
  • With the wide variety of disposable toothbrushes on the market, you can be sure to find one that works for you. A good toothbrush should have a head small enough to fit easily inside of your mouth, while being large enough to cover more than one tooth during each brushing motion.


  •  Disposable brushes wear out quickly depending on how frequently and how aggressively you brush, and need replacing every three months.
  • A disposable brush also requires you to put all of the effort into cleaning your teeth, necessitating the need for you to be thorough and detail orientated while brushing.



  •  Studies have shown electric toothbrushes with rotating oscillation heads work more effectively than a manual toothbrush at removing plaque.
  • Electric toothbrushes don’t require the user to do all of the work while brushing. This can be especially helpful to individuals who suffer from arthritis or a lack of mobility with their hands.
  • Once you make the investment on an electric toothbrush, you only need to replace the head of the brush instead of the entire brush once the bristles become worn and frayed.


  •  A quality electric brush can cost significantly more money than a disposable brush.
  • Some people don’t like using electric brushes because their familiarity with disposable brushes makes using an electric brush strange and unwelcome.
  • Electric brushes require charging or fresh batteries in order to work.


Using the proper technique while regularly brushing will keep your teeth healthy and strong regardless of which type of brush you use. If you are content with using the type of brush you have, then switching make little sense. However, if you want to spend a little more money, an electric brush can provide a little extra when cleaning your teeth. Visit Sandy kids dentist Dr. Derek Conklin for

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