Healthy Smile Stockton

Are automatic toothbrushes better or more effective than a manual brush?

While there are some very nice automatic brush options available, from the high-end Braun Oral-B or Sonicare devices, to less costly brushes like the very acceptable Crest SpinBrush, it is still pretty much a myth that these devices are just by their nature better than manual. As it always will be for brushing, technique is more important than technology. We see patients using Autobrushes that still are not getting the plaque off their teeth and have a lot of problems related to that, and others using manual brushes whose teeth are spotless. This is why we spend so much time with new patients educating them about what plaque is and how to remove it, because plaque is truly the root of all Dental Evil. And we always start with manual, just so everyone knows that if used properly, and the patient knows how plaque and gingivitis operate, then manual toothbrushing will be completely adequate to get all brush-accessible areas (hint: we haven’t talked about the brush non-accessible areas between your teeth yet where gum disease almost always starts!).

Now all that said, there are groups of people that an automatic brush can make a big difference. One is kids or adults in traditional braces, where an autobrush working around the brackets and wires really makes it easier to get things clean. Another group of patients who benefit from automatic brushes are those whose dexterity is becoming limited, by age or disorders, such that making the small jiggling motions with a manual brush angled 45 degrees into the gumlines is becoming too difficult. In both these cases, automatic brushes are a great choice. We do have definite preferences in brushes, both for automatic and manual.. If you’re wondering just ask us, and we will fill you in on what you should look for when you’re looking at all those choices lined up in the drug store.

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      Good News!  Per updated guidelines from the ADA, CDA, California DPH and Dr Maggie Park, Director of San Joaquin County Dept of Public Health, we are now able to resume elective dental care, and we anticipate starting elective care appointments on June 8th.  It’s been a long 2 and a half months for all of you and all of us.  The updated and quite specific  guidelines will keep everyone safe while we get back to caring for people.  We will ask Covid-related questions before your appointment,  we will meter and separate patients in the office,  and we will ask you to wear masks or other face coverings when entering and leaving.   
       A lot will be different, but one thing will clearly be the same: Our entire team’s commitment to be considerate of your needs, careful in your care, and detail-minded when protecting you from infections.  Dental offices have always been concerned and proactive in protecting patients and staff from pathogens that have always been around.  Rest assured, you are safe in our office because we are, down to a person, committed infection-control fanatics.  We look forward to seeing you soon.