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How Electric Toothbrushes Prevent Tooth Loss


Loose or missing teeth can significantly diminish the quality of a smile, fortunately there are actions you can take to help prevent tooth loss from impacting yours. A complete oral care routine of brushing twice daily and flossing at least once a day can help preserve your smile, but sometimes that may not be enough. Making the switch to an electric toothbrush not only increases your chances of retaining more of your natural teeth over time, but also maintains the health of your gum line.


The leading cause of tooth loss can be tied to gums issues and can affect the strength of your teeth. Since gums help keep your teeth rooted in place, any damage to the gum line can result in loose or weakened teeth. Additional causes of tooth loss include tooth decay and injury.


To better protect the strength of your teeth and gums, a more comprehensive clean can help. Electric toothbrushes cover more areas and remove more plaque, making them more equipped to reduce your risk of tooth loss.

Research¹ shows that using an electric toothbrush can help reduce plaque and slow down the progression of gum issues and in turn prevent tooth loss.

Some electric toothbrush models not only offer superior* plaque removal, they can also be tailored to fit your oral care needs: 

  • Set your mode: A range of brushing modes such as whitening and sensitive mode help you brush for the desired care you want.

  • Protect your gums: Pressure sensors help ensure you brush with the right amount of force every time, to better protect your gum line from irritation.

  • Cover every area: App-enabled support on some brushes helps guide you as you brush so you never miss an area for a more complete clean.

Brushing with an electric toothbrush such as the Oral-B iO helps support a healthier gum line for stronger teeth.

Research¹ shows that long-term use of an electric toothbrush helps users retain about 20% more teeth than brushing with a manual toothbrush alone. Pairing an electric toothbrush with Oral-B Gum and Enamel toothpaste can further aid in maintaining the strength of your gum line to better prevent tooth loss.

1 Pitchika V, Pink C, Völzke H, Welk A, Kocher T, Holtfreter B. Long-term impact of powered toothbrush on oral health: 11-year cohort study.      J Clin Periodontol. 2019. doi: 10.1111/jcpe.13126  * Compared to a manual toothbrush