An electric toothbrush is the name utilized to describe toothbrushes which gain their power from a battery, usually rechargeable, to create movement of the head which contains the cleaning bristles. These bristles should not only be soft, but they should have rounded ends. The action created is either ultrasonic, rotational, or oscillating. Sometimes they may rotate as well as oscillate.
Although electric toothbrushes in the past were often recommended to patients with minor physical problems, today, much more often, these brushes are recommended to the average patient. This is true of the patient who is just too aggressive with a manual brush, and although trying hard, may cause toothbrush abrasion with resulting permanent damage to the tooth and gums. A low-voltage electric toothbrush is the perfect solution to this problem since it is very difficult for a patient to break this habit of aggressive brushing resulting in toothbrush abrasion.
Although a manual toothbrush, properly used, will achieve excellent results, it is often not properly used. Therefore, an electric toothbrush is recommended, as it is far superior in ease of removing bacterial plaque, which prevents bad breath, tooth decay, tartar build-up, gum disease, and even bone loss.
Electric toothbrushes are an excellent adjunct to good oral health and preventive dentistry. Fluoride should always be a component of your toothpaste and flossing is recommended prior to brushing.