The Benefits of the Electric Toothbrush

 In Dental Talk - Tumwater Family Dentistry Blog

Your oral healthcare routine begins with brushing your teeth. The techniques you use while brushing at least twice daily determine how clean your teeth stay over time. While manual toothbrushes can get the job done, it is widely accepted that electric toothbrushes are better for your oral health and remove more plaque than ordinary toothbrushes.

Why are electric toothbrushes more efficient at cleaning your teeth?

The Mayo Clinic recommends that you brush your teeth for at least two full minutes. However, most of us fall short of that time goal. Since electric toothbrushes rotate faster than we can brush manually, they clean more efficiently within that time – clearing a considerably higher level of debris and plaque.

A review of studies proved that, on average, electric toothbrushes measurably outperform manual toothbrushes in terms of plaque removal. Electric toothbrushes also help fight gingivitis and gum disease more efficiently than manual toothbrushes. According to Healthline, “After three months of use, plaque was reduced by 21 percent and gingivitis by 11 percent.” Electric toothbrushes that rotate, instead of just vibrate, also seem to be more effective at cleaning.

Electric toothbrushes also ease oral health upkeep for the average person. Most new electric toothbrushes come equipped with timers, to alert you when you have spent the recommended amount of time brushing, so you do not have to worry about timing yourself or cutting your brushing routine short.

Bleeding gums are a common issue many people face when brushing their teeth. This happens when excess pressure is applied to gums, causing damage to their tissue. With electric toothbrushes, you do not have to apply pressure to achieve clean teeth, which lowers your chances of gum damage.

Electric Toothbrush Accessibility

Issues like carpal tunnel, arthritis and developmental disabilities may hinder the ability to use ordinary toothbrushes. Electric toothbrushes do most of the work on their own and help those that are affected by limited mobility.

Electric toothbrushes also help kids improve their oral health. According to Healthline, “Not all kids are interested in brushing their teeth. If an electric toothbrush is more engaging to your child, it can help accomplish good oral cleaning and set healthy habits.”

Electric Toothbrush Reusability

Experts agree that whether you choose a manual or electric toothbrush, you should change your toothbrush every 3 months or after anytime you are sick. With electric  toothbrushes, you only have to replace the head, which according to Healthline, is less wasteful than throwing away an entire toothbrush.

Electric Toothbrush Cons

While electric toothbrushes are more effective at cleaning your teeth, they also come with a steeper price tag. Depending on the type of electric toothbrush you select, it could run you anywhere from $15 to $250, and replacement heads can cost between $10 and $45.

Most electric toothbrushes come with chargers. However, if you regularly travel abroad, the default charger may require an adapter

How well do electric toothbrushes work and do they have a positive impact on your overall oral health? This helpful article gives you the inside scoop based on scientific studies.

Which Electric Toothbrush Should I Choose for Optimal Oral Health?

Deciding which toothbrush is best for you comes down to personal preference. If you need a new toothbrush and are looking for an upgrade, we recommend going electric. If it is within your budget, even an inexpensive electric toothbrush will boost your oral health. Otherwise, a manual toothbrush will get the job done if you do not brush too hard and brush for the required time – at least two minutes.

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