Power brushes or electric toothbrushes are being advertised as the best way to properly clean your teeth and also to prevent tooth decay. So, are any of these claims really true? Electric toothbrushes have a number of benefits as reported by patients. Although electric toothbrushes are more expensive and have to be recharged, they can significantly recue tooth decay and gum disease. A number of studies in 2013 and 2014 tested both the sonic and the oscillating electric toothbrushes and reported that using power brushes can considerably reduce plaque and risk of gingivitis or gum bleeding. Read further to learn more about the advantages of using an electric toothbrush, but it may be worthwhile talking to your dentist to find out if this is the right choice for you.
- Electric Toothbrushes Are More Effective
With a manual brush, an adult can generally complete about 300 strokes per minute whereas an electric toothbrush rotates from 7,500 to 30,000 strokes per minute! Most electric toothbrushes have two heads rotating in opposite directions for more effective plaque removal. Electronic toothbrushes thus helps keep your teeth cleaner overall and it shows better results on your teeth, without having to brush as hard. You are much less likely to injure your gums or inner cheeks.
The smaller head size of the electric toothbrush is an advantage over the traditional toothbrush, which makes it possible to reach those hard-to-brush crevices of your teeth in the back corners of the mouth, where food debris stays lodged.
Electric toothbrushes also have a built in timer that ensures the right amount of brushing time needed for your mouth! There are electric brushes that can also signal when it is time to change quadrants of your mouth.
- Electric toothbrushes and braces
Electric toothbrushes can clean your teeth thoroughly even if you’re wearing braces. With wires and brackets in your mouth, it becomes difficult to brush. It is hard to get to the food particles that are often stuck behind the wires with a traditional brush, which can potentially lead to tooth decay or gum disease. Patients with braces are encouraged to floss between meals, and brush twice a day. Using an electric toothbrush can prove to be very useful because it cleans the surface of the teeth more effectively and the small head helps clean around the wires and brackets easily.
- Electric Toothbrushes Apply the Correct Amount of Pressure
People are often confused as to how hard they should brush their teeth. If one brushes too hard, it may lead to gum recession and enamel wear and tear. On the other hand, gentle brushing will not thoroughly clean the teeth, leading to plaque build-up and tooth decay. Electric toothbrushes can do all the work for you, all you have to do is turn it on and hold the brush at a 45 degree angle over your teeth.
- Electric Toothbrushes Are Easier For Children and Seniors
Another important benefit of the electric toothbrush, especially for children, seniors or for those with arthritis or a cognitive impairment, is that it is easier to handle. Either they have difficulty brushing because of the ability to apply the correct amount of force or they may find it too painful. Regular toothbrushes need dexterity to grip and move it around but electric toothbrushes can make the brushing process easier without straining the hands or wrists. An electric toothbrush moves itself around, so there is no stress on the wrist and elbow joints.
- Electric Toothbrushes Are Easy On The Enamel
Electric toothbrushes do not damage the tooth enamel and they clean the surface of enamel more effectively than traditional toothbrushes. When plaque builds up on the surface of your teeth, it can cause teeth discoloration and also eventually tooth decay. With the use of electric toothbrush, the enamel will look whiter and shinier. Using an electric toothbrush effectively prevents tooth decay and keeps your enamel healthier too.
Modern electric toothbrushes are easy to use and if you dislike brushing your teeth, it does a stellar job of cleaning most people’s teeth. Do talk to your dentist to find out which toothbrush would be the most beneficial for your needs. Regardless of what type of toothbrush you use, to maintain great oral hygiene always make sure that you brush twice a day for 2 minutes each time and follow it up with flossing and the regular use of mouthwash. If your teeth have become discolored, Higley Park Dental can help. You can call the front desk at 480.559.8098, to get more information on cleanings and prevention! We work with you to transfer skills needed to maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime.