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The Difference between a Sonic Toothbrush and Electric Toothbrush


Posted on 2/22/2021 by City Smiles DC
The Difference between a Sonic Toothbrush and Electric ToothbrushPeople often ask us to explain the difference between the use of a sonic and electric toothbrush. The following information gives you an overview of each of these kinds of toothbrushes.

Brushing Speed


While a regular electric toothbrush has a brush head that rotates around 2,500 to 7,500 strokes per minute, a sonic toothbrush head moves at a rate of approximately 30,000 brush strokes each minute. Therefore, a sonic toothbrush vibrates about ten times faster than an electric toothbrush. Compare this with a manual toothbrush, which moves approximately 300 strokes per minute. Because you need to allocate about 2 minutes for each tooth brushing session, a sonic toothbrush can clean plaque and debris off the teeth.

More Cleaning Power Overall


Because a sonic toothbrush head moves at a much faster rate than any other kind of toothbrush, it also stirs the mouth fluids, such as saliva, toothpaste, and water. When this happens, the brush turns these substances into secondary cleaning agents, thereby ensuring a super clean, healthy mouth. This allows the cleaning to extend into the teeth's tiny crevices, which a regular electric brush or manual brush cannot access. It also makes cleaning between the teeth and below the gum line possible.

What the Research Reveals


A 6-month study of sonic toothbrushes and electric toothbrushes revealed that both types of toothbrushes did a good job treating periodontitis. However, study participants experienced more success in curing gum disease and improving their oral health with a sonic toothbrush. Therefore, we often recommend this type of toothbrush for patients who wish to improve their tooth brushing habits and the way they brush their teeth.

Would you like to enhance your dental health? If so, we invite you to give us a call for a dental appointment today. We want to make it possible for you to experience the best in dental care.
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