Electric toothbrushes used to not do much more than vibrate. These days, however, you can find electric toothbrushes that blast plaque off of teeth with sonic waves. Are these high-tech, expensive toothbrushes worth the hype and money? In today’s blog, we’ll be discussing the benefits of electric toothbrushes so you can make a more informed decision about your oral hygiene routine.
But first, if you are concerned about whether or not your toothbrush and brushing habits are effective, make sure to schedule an appointment to see any of our dentists at our three dental locations in Eatontown, Jackson, and Pine Beach, New Jersey!
What Do The Experts Say?
The American Dental Association, a group dedicated to ongoing research concerning oral health, have agreed that electric toothbrushes are a fine alternative to manual toothbrushes, and are in some ways better.
Electric toothbrushes can remove 21 percent more plaque than a manual toothbrush and can reduce inflammation of the gums by giving them a more thorough cleaning and improved circulation. At the same time, most dentists agree that brushing in general is more important than brushing with a specific toothbrush. Each patient is unique so choosing the right toothbrush comes down to their specific oral health and which toothbrush they will actually use every day. That being said, there are still a few specific benefits that an electric toothbrush can offer.
Electric Toothbrushes Are Great For Those With Limited Mobility
People with arthritis, carpal tunnel, Parkinson’s, or other conditions that either reduce or impact mobility and dexterity can greatly benefit from brushing with an electric toothbrush. Using a manual toothbrush requires precise and quick movements to clean the teeth, whereas an electric toothbrush does this work for you, ensuring that you can thoroughly clean your teeth even if you have a mobility issue. Along those same lines, electric toothbrushes are also good options for children who are just learning how to brush their teeth on their own.
Benefits Of Electric Toothbrushes You Might Not Know About
One major benefit of an electric toothbrush is that many of them have a built-in timer to ensure you are brushing your teeth for the recommended amount of time. Considering that many adults give their teeth a quick 30-second scrub and move on, having a toothbrush that encourages you to brush for a full two minutes or longer can keep your teeth healthy and clean.
While electric toothbrushes deliver a high number of strokes per minute — some models go up to 50,000 strokes per minute — they are surprisingly gentle on the gums while being tough on plaque and debris. This makes it the perfect option for those experiencing receding gums or gum disease.
When it comes to electric toothbrushes, in most cases, you get what you pay for. Expensive models of electric toothbrushes not only last much longer than less expensive battery-powered toothbrushes, but they also provide a deeper and more thorough cleaning. While it may seem like a big investment for a toothbrush, keep in mind that if an electric toothbrush is what you need to avoid cavities and gum disease, then it is worth the money.
The Bottom Line
The best way to determine which toothbrush is right for you is to visit one of our dentists for a cleaning and examination. If you are planning on switching toothbrushes soon, make sure to choose a soft-bristled brush whether you are using a manual or an electric toothbrush. Soft bristles are better for both your gums and teeth as they can effectively clean when you brush properly without wearing down your enamel or irritating your gums. Additionally, look for toothbrushes with an ADA seal of approval. These brushes, both manual and electric, have been tested and approved for safety and effectiveness.
Schedule A Cleaning and Examination Today
While brushing your teeth can do a lot to prevent oral health problems, you also need to regularly see your dentist for a professional cleaning and exam. At your next checkup, be sure to ask your dentist if they think an electric toothbrush would be beneficial for your oral health. Schedule an appointment at Century Dental in Jackson, Century Dental East in Pine Beach, or Seaview Dental in Eatontown today!