The research says…yes! Electric brushes remove 11% more plague, reduce gingivitis by 6%, and reduce gum bleeding by 17% compared with manual brushes. They can get to areas that are harder to reach with a manual toothbrush and can remove more plague and bacteria. There are some that come with a timer which will also ensure that you brush the appropriate length of time. Electric brushes with “oscillating rotating technology (bushes that rotate in one direction, then the other) are slightly more effective at reducing plague and gingivitis than those that move from side to side. If you prefer to go unplugged don’t stress. If you brush with a manual toothbrush properly and for the full two minutes, you should be able to do as good a job as you would with an electric. Dr. Platt or our hygienests will be able to answer any questions you may have about manual and/or electric toothbrushes at your hygiene visit. More about brushing to come…stay tuned!