Those questioning the appropriate methods for their oral health may have at one point asked, should I use an electric toothbrush? Well, an 11-year long study has recently determined that yes, you should. The study was the longest of its kind into the effectiveness of electric toothbrushes over manual ones, and found that those who use an electric brush have healthier gums and less tooth decay over time than those who use manual ones. While the next question for many may be, “do I need an electric toothbrush?”, the answer is not particularly yes, but what nearly all signs indicate is that an electric toothbrush is better than a manual one.
The Benefits of an Electric ToothbrushMany benefits of an electric toothbrush are in relation to their features that make home care more intuitive. These features include:
- Oscillating head – Using a rotating head that spins back and forth provides the ability to remove plaque and tartar from harder to reach places when using a manual toothbrush. Even in standard places in the mouth, these heads can dig deeper into grooves and get the gross stuff like trapped food out.
- Pressure indicators – Many who use a manual toothbrush are subject to overbrushing, which can be very damaging to the teeth and lead to recession or gum sensitivity issues. Electric toothbrushes often have indicators to tell you whether you’re scrubbing too hard.
- Timers – Most dentists will recommend brushing your teeth for around two minutes, twice per day. Electric toothbrushes often feature timers to let you know when you should move to the next quadrant of the mouth, providing a balanced brushing for all sides.
- Sonic wave technology – Some electric brushes also feature sonic wave technology, which uses sonic waves to remove plaque and tartar. This technology provides a dynamic clean action that drives fluid between teeth and along the gum line, resulting in an overall healthier mouth.