We've all seen them – the electric toothbrush, the device which seeks to take a bit of the muscle out of your daily bathroom routine by the wonders of technology. However, does this little bit of battery power actually do much for your morning brush.
Least we get into some sticky trouble with definitions by the toothbrush aficionados, who might be reading this, let me point out the difference between “battery powered” and “electric” toothbrushes. Battery powered toothbrushes use replaceable, disposable batteries and add a bit of mechanical scrubbing to your toothbrush with small motors.
They tend to be much cheaper than their cousins - the electric toothbrushes, which also have batteries but are typically rechargeable. Electric toothbrushes utilise different brush heads to clean the teeth in various ways, from your basic oscillating or rotating heads to fancy devices which vibrate and use sonic principles to dislodge gunk from your teeth.
Reason #5: Built-In Timers
Most of us are probably familiar with the notion that, according to dentists anyway, most people don't spend nearly enough time brushing the teeth. The official recommendation is 30 seconds for each of the mouths four sides, scrubbing thoroughly and diligently at all the angles for a grand total of two minutes.
Few people meet this mark, and even fewer bother to set a stopwatch to keep and track. However, many electric toothbrushes like the Oral-B TriZone 2000 feature handy built-in timers to remind you when you switch areas of your mouth and to tell you when you've finished.
Reason #4: Working The Angles
Like I mentioned in Reason #5, proper brushing technique includes working all the different angles possible to achieve the cleanest final result. This can be tricky, however, especially for anyone suffering from dexterity issues. Electric toothbrushes are designed to effectively reach areas of the mouth which normal brushing can render hard to reach.
Reason #3: Help Prevent Oral Damage
Brushing the teeth too vigorously can lead to problems. Scratches on the gums and minor bleeding can easily result from too much force or a slip of the hand, but thankfully these heal quickly and present little problems.
However, if one is using too much force while brushing their teeth, it has the potential to damage the teeth themselves and actually brush away the protective enamel, potentially causing tooth sensitivity, cavities and other serious issues. Quality electric toothbrushes are carefully calibrated to provide the maximal brushing power without damaging the enamel or other areas of the mouth.
Reason #2: Dentist Recommended
Overwhelmingly dentists recommend the usage of electric toothbrushes from Oral-B over manual ones. Probably the only reason electric toothbrushes are not the standard in most homes is that they can sometimes be prohibitively expensive and require additional cost in the form of electricity, which can make them inaccessible to some users. If you were to follow the advice of your dentist, however, you'd probably end up with a high quality electric toothbrush.
So, why does the British Dental Journal recommend electric toothbrushes? That leads us to reason #1...
Reason #1: Your Teeth Get Cleaner
Simply put, the actions of an electric toothbrush get your teeth cleaner overall than manual brushing will. They remove plaque and debris more quickly and effectively, they access hard to reach areas along the gum lines, their scrubbing actions are more effective, and their usage results in overall improved oral health with reductions in cavities and gingivitis.
This will hopefully convince you to drop your manual toothbrush for an electric one and before you run to the next drugstore to get yours, check out liGo’s latest dental additions.