5 Benefits of Using an Electric Toothbrush

1.  Efficient Brushing
The surface area that the electric toothbrush bristles cover in a minute versus the surface area we manually can cover are of no comparison.  The bristles of a toothbrush are what actually do the work and sweep away the plaque and food particles that are covering all the surfaces in your mouth.  The extra scrubbing of an electric brush results in better removal of stains from coffee, tea, and smoking.

2. Easier Brushing
An electric toothbrush does most of the work for you, all you have to do is move it over all the tooth
surfaces.  The electric toothbrush is great for individuals with physical problems with their hands or
wrists, such as arthritis.  Since most electric toothbrushes come with integrated timer, you are more likely to brush for the recommended amount of time (two minutes).

3. Deeper Cleaning
Electric toothbrushes are designed to use sonic vibration or water pressure to reach areas
that are often uncleansable with a manual brush. These are the areas the people typically get decay, such as the gumline and in between the teeth.

4. Proven Long-Term Results
Some
people purchase a new electric toothbrush, hoping that the novelty of
the product will inspire them to brush more regularly. There is some research to back this notion, especially in children.1  A Cochrane review (JADA 2003 Sept) of all the current research states that “Some powered toothbrushes with a rotation-oscillation action achieve a significant, but modest, reduction in plaque and gingivitis compared with manual toothbrushes.”

5. More FUN!
Most people like an electric toothbrush and some of the gadgets they come with.  When something is more entertaining we are much more likely to partake in that activity.  The more likely you are to use your toothbrush the better it will work for you no matter what type, kind, or brand you use.  So if it’s fun, or at least slightly more stimulating, it’ll be better for you!

 

Types of Electric Toothbrushes

Electric
toothbrushes clearly provide more cleaning power than the average
manual toothbrush does. Within the category of electric toothbrushes,
there are a few different types of brushes, including regular electric
toothbrushes and sonic toothbrushes. Some of the differences between
these two types of brushes are outlined in the chart below. The chart
also includes some information about manual toothbrushes so that users
can compare the benefits.

Type

Rotations/Strokes Per Minute

Description

Manual Toothbrush 300 to 600 Powered by user, inexpensive, and should be replaced
roughly every three months.
Regular Electric Toothbrush 3,000 to 7,500 Imitates motion of the hand (rotation), requires batteries or must be recharged, head should be replaced every few months.
Sonic Toothbrush 30,000 to 40,000 Much faster than a regular electric toothbrush, bristles vibrate instead of rotating, head should be replaced every few
months, and requires battery be recharged or replaced.

Buying An Electric Toothbrush

Nearly all
grocery stores and drugstores sell
electric toothbrushes. Costco often has the best price, but really good prices can be found online as well.  We used to sell electric toothbrushes but found that stores can do this much more cost effectively than we can.  We also offer a complimentary electric toothbrush to new patients and/or existing patients that refer us a new patient.  Details here.

Bryan Bauer, DDS, FAGD                                                                

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