Advantages Of An Electric Toothbrush

Oral_HealthIt’s hard to ignore how common toothbrushes powered by batteries or electricity have become in the world of oral health. Once the exclusive province of those who could afford to spend $100 or more on a higher-end unit, now almost everyone can afford a power toothbrush. Some of the most popular battery-operated models start at about $10.

If you’ve been skeptical about the advantages of purchasing an electric toothbrush, wonder about this topic no longer! Here’s a quick guide to the ways in which they can enhance your oral health routine.

Advantages of Electric Toothbrushes

  1. Electric toothbrushes clean your teeth more thoroughly than a manual toothbrush. Power brushes perform more rotations on your teeth per minute than using a manual model, which translates to cleaner teeth in the end. A 2005 study found that when used for three months, rotational oscillating electric toothbrushes removed plaque 11 percent more effectively than manual toothbrushes, and reduced gingivitis by 6 percent.
  2. Electric toothbrushes work better for those with limited dexterity. Power brushes can improve the dental hygiene of those who have trouble gripping or holding a toothbrush. The movement of the brush does the work in your mouth for you, and the design of many units makes it much easier to reach teeth at the back of the mouth.
  3. Electric toothbrushes can protect your tooth enamel. Some people brush with far too much force when using a manual brush. Many electric models will warn you (with a beep or other noise) when you’re brushing too hard.
  4. Electric toothbrushes can help you stay motivated to clean your teeth regularly. Most of us don’t spend the two minutes per toothbrushing session that dentists recommend. Electric models make brushing easier, so it’s more likely we’ll stick with it longer. Some models even have a built-in timer! Also, a study of 16,000 dental patients revealed that those who switched from a manual toothbrush to a power toothbrush were more satisfied with the effectiveness of the power brush.

“At-home care is a crucial part of maintaining your oral health,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix. “An electric toothbrush can make your twice-daily brushing easier and more effective.”

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