Manual toothbrushes ensure proper teeth cleaning if they are used in the right way. But most of us do not brush for recommended 2 minutes or clean each tooth separately. Here’s where you need the extra power of electric toothbrushes. Compared to their manual counterparts they cover more surfaces in the same time. Let’s look at some of the other electric toothbrush benefits.
1. Effective plaque removers
The bristles of electric toothbrushes vibrate or rotate between 6,000 to 30,000 strokes every minute. There are more micro-movements and with each vibration, you maneuver your toothbrush better. This, in turn, helps in effective removal of plaque eliminating the possibility of gingivitis. Oscillating toothbrushes are known to be more effective than vibrating toothbrushes.
2. Helpful for individuals with limited mobility
There are individuals who have trouble in using their hands. Electric toothbrushes are useful for people with limited mobility, as brushing requires less effort. The pressure sensors in electric toothbrushes allow more flexibility of movement. You can clean your teeth effectively without any additional effort. People suffering from developmental disabilities, carpal tunnel and arthritis will find these toothbrushes useful.
3. Enhancing your attention on brushing
Electric toothbrushes are equipped with built-in timers which help to monitor your brushing time. It has been proven that people become more focused while brushing their teeth with electric toothbrushes. This not only enhances the overall brushing experience but also ensures that you clean your teeth long enough to eliminate plaque growth.
4. Improving oral health for individuals with orthodontic equipment
People with orthodontic equipments vouch for electric toothbrush benefits. If you are using braces, the electric toothbrushes will make your job easier. The brushes can clean around and behind the braces effectively. As these brushes have smaller heads, they can easily reach difficult places inside your mouth.
5. Useful for young children
As a parent, if you want to inculcate good brushing habits in your children, you need to start with proper brushing technique. Young children often find it difficult to embrace the right technique with a manual toothbrush. They find electric toothbrushes more fun as they make teeth cleaning easy. An electric toothbrush does not hurt enamel or gums but promotes good oral health.
6. Less waste with electric toothbrushes
Manual toothbrushes should be changed every three months. For an electric toothbrush, you can replace the head only which means less waste. Dentists, however, advise against using an electric toothbrush for a long time, so replacing the head is a must.
Different types of electric toothbrushes
- Sonic toothbrushes follow a side-to-side motion with about 31,000 brush strokes every minute.
- In an ionic toothbrush, the head remains static; the low electric current in bristles remove the plaque.
- In a rotary toothbrush, with each circular motion of the head, you will have about 3,000 to 7,500 strokes every minute. If the head moves in alternate directions, it is known as rotation oscillation.
- With an ultrasonic toothbrush, it is easy to remove plaque as the rapid side-by-side motion accelerates vibration.
Tips to use an electric toothbrush
Whether you use a rechargeable electric toothbrush or a battery-operated disposable one, you need to know the right technique for brushing your teeth.
- Step 1: Before you start, the electric toothbrush should be charged properly. Most models are equipped with a charge indicator light which tells you if the brush is ready.
- Step 2: If you suffer from sensitive teeth, flossing is a must before you begin brushing. This will loosen the food particles or plaque so that the toothbrush can remove them easily.
- Step 3: Hold the toothbrush at 45-degree angle. Start at the outside surface and then move to the inside of the mouth.
- Step 4: With a 45-degree angle, you get the perfect slant to clean both gum and teeth without any unnecessary pressure.
- Step 5: People with sensitive teeth and gum disease will find electric toothbrushes useful as you get to concentrate on one tooth at a time.
- Step 6: Use a little toothpaste, but do not turn on the toothbrush till it is inside your mouth.
- Step 7: Give proper attention to the 4 quadrants: right, top, left and bottom. Most electric toothbrushes have in-built 2-minute timer. Divide the total time into 30 seconds for each quadrant.
Contact our dentists at DM Dental to know more about the different electric toothbrush benefits and how they can improve your oral health.