Proper brushing technique and flossing will always be important factors in the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. But did you know that your choice of toothbrush can make a big difference as well?
Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes are superior to manual toothbrushes for many reasons, and can help anyone have great oral health with less effort.
Below are 8 ways electric toothbrushes can provide great dental hygiene:
- Electric Toothbrushes are Efficient—
With rapidly spinning bristles, electric toothbrushes offer the kind of speed and power during brushing it would take a manual toothbrush much longer to produce, and would require extreme physical exertion from the human holding it. This means a more detailed cleaning is done in less time, which is always a good thing.
- Electric Toothbrushes are Thorough—
Because they are able to get behind molars, between teeth and gums, and into tight, awkward spaces between teeth while spinning, electric toothbrushes can make hard-to-reach places cleaner than traditional toothbrushes, preventing plaque build-up and cavities.
- Electric Toothbrushes are Professional—
Because they are so efficient at cleaning teeth, many people equate the feeling after using an electric toothbrush to the smooth, extra-clean way their teeth feel after a professional cleaning. Many dentists recommend them to patients for this reason, as less plaque build-up makes their job easier during routine cleanings.
- Electric Toothbrushes are Therapeutic—
Because they are similar to the sensation of professional dental cleaning tools, using an electric toothbrush can help desensitize a nervous patient to the whirring and scrubbing feelings that cause anxiety during routine cleanings.
Getting used to a motorized cleaning device in their mouth with an electric toothbrush can also be helpful for getting children ready for the tooth-polishing process at the end of dental cleanings, as well as helping them clean their teeth faster.
- Electric Toothbrushes are Environmentally Sound—
While they tend to be larger than manual toothbrushes, they don’t need to be thrown away as often, making electric toothbrushes a green choice for any consumer. Many brands even come with replaceable heads to reduce waste, and electrical plug-in chargers to eliminate the need for batteries.
- Electric Toothbrushes Cause Less Pain—
For those with arthritis, pulled or strained muscles, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other ailments that cause arm or shoulder pain, having a toothbrush that does all the twisting, turning and brushing for the user can be a wonderful thing.
- Electric Toothbrushes Remove Stains—
Because of the extremely in-depth way they clean teeth—with hundreds of rotations impossible to simulate with a manual brush—electric toothbrushes have been shown to be very effective at removing wine, coffee and cigarette stains when manual toothbrushes aren’t helping.
- Electric Toothbrushes are Gentle on Gums—
One of the biggest mistakes made by manual toothbrush users is brushing too hard, or with an improper technique, which can damage the gums and cause them to permanently recede over time. Electric toothbrushes, however, provide just the right amount of pressure to massage the gums in a healthy manner while still removing bacteria.
It is very common for dentists to notice an improvement in gum tissue when patients switch from manual to electric toothbrushes, as well as enamel improvement, as brushing too hard can also damage the surface of the teeth.
Clinical studies have proven that in only 2 minutes, electric toothbrushes clean away more plaque and bacteria than manual toothbrushes can remove in 6 minutes. When The American Dental Association asked 16,000 patients to use electric toothbrushes instead of manual in a trial, 80% of the patients reported improved oral hygiene and dental health simply because of the change in type of toothbrush.
Join the many people enjoying positive dental check-ups, less plaque build-up, whiter teeth and fresher breath, and try out an electric toothbrush today. Your gums and teeth will thank you.