Dr. Rebecca Paglia, DMD
General, Cosmetic & Invisalign Dental Expert
Hi there. Thanks for the question. Are electric toothbrushes better than manual toothbrushes? I would say they are. The reason being is that electric toothbrushes take out the human error in brushing. If you brush too hard or incorrectly, you can cause damage to the tooth structure in the form of abrasion or the gum line in the form of recession. The electric toothbrush allows the person who's using it to just go from tooth to tooth and the brush does the work for you. A manual toothbrush isn't necessarily bad, but if you're not using it correctly, you can cause that damage that we just spoke about. If you're using a manual toothbrush, please review with your dentist or your hygienist the proper brush technique. And remember, consistency is key. Always brush twice a day every day.