The Best Toothbrush, According to Dentists

Toothbrushes: conventional, electric and sonicWhen asked what they would recommend for a typical patient, dentists were evenly split between conventional, electric and sonic toothbrushes. However, some feel there’s little difference.

“Location, location, location,” advised one dentist. “If an area is missed, it doesn’t matter which kind of brush missed it.”

In this survey, 32% of dentists recommend an electric toothbrush, 31% recommend a sonic toothbrush, 28% recommend a conventional toothbrush, and 9% say any toothbrush is fine.

Here are some dentist comments:

  • “Patient diligence is more important than the type of toothbrush used.” (West Virginia dentist)
  • “Any toothbrush is fine. Just remember to floss.” (Oral surgeon)
  • “It depends on the patient and their motor skills.” (Indiana dentist)
  • “Many are fine, but I prefer that they use an antibacterial toothpaste.” (Georgia dentist)
  • “Most patients can do a better job with electric than manual.” (Florida periodontist)
  • “Soft bristles are best for conventional brushes. Electric is best overall.” (California dentist)
  • “If patients are doing fine with their conventional toothbrush, unless they ask, I won’t advise anything else.” (New York dentist)
  • “I give
    a Sonicare away with every scale and root plane/periodontal program.” (Texas dentist)

Read more: The Best Toothbrush: Whichever One You’ll Use, Say Dentists


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