Most dentists will tell you that brushing your teeth properly and regularly with a manual toothbrush will have the same good oral hygiene results as investing in an electric toothbrush, so you may wonder, why bother? Electric toothbrushes do have a few advantages over manual brushing. When cleaning your teeth, you are applying approximately three hundred strokes a minute. If you are brushing the entire two minutes recommended by dentists, that’s six hundred strokes, compared with thousands of strokes a minute with an electric toothbrush. With an electric toothbrush, you are able to reach more easily between the teeth and the gum lining, removing dangerous plaque and tartar that lead to gingivitis. An electric toothbrush might encourage you to brush more often as there is more ease in using an electric toothbrush.
Who Should Use an Electric Toothbrush?
Electric toothbrushes were originally designed for people with limited manual dexterity. Elderly people often feel fatigued if they hold an arm in an upright position for very long, as well as people with chronic neck, back and shoulder pain. People with arthritis also have a very difficult time brushing their teeth properly without pain. The larger handle and powered brush of an electric model make it far easier to brush their teeth effectively.
Carrying an electric toothbrush can be very inconvenient if you are a frequent traveler, but if traveling gives you stiff muscles in your neck and shoulders, or if you already have a pre-existing condition that limits your upper body dexterity, you might wish to think about investing in a battery powered electric tooth brush. It will take up very little room in your luggage and you will be able to brush your teeth without the chronic pain of trying to brush your teeth correctly manually.
What Are the Best Types of Electric Toothbrush?
Today’s electric toothbrushes are offered with a variety of features that also tend to add to the expense of the electric brush. These features are convenient enough, such as brushes that tell you when you’ve brushed long enough, or if you are brushing too hard, but they don’t actually affect how well they are taking care of your teeth. The most inexpensive models will keep your teeth clean, even if you have to move them around a little more to reach the difficult areas of your mouth.
Electric toothbrushes try to stimulate your gums and teeth with different configurations of bristles. Although any toothbrush will do the job as long as you are following the rules of oral good hygiene, research suggests that an electric brush that rotates in one direction, rather than switching directions, is the most effective for ridding your mouth of plaque and tartar build up. As with manual toothbrushes, always pay attention to the condition of the bristles. Take care of your mouth, teeth and gums and visit your dentist on a regular basis!