Was your last visit to the dentist a bit disappointing? Did it feel like your dentist didn’t believe you when you said that you brush your teeth twice a day and even remember to floss fairly often? If so, it’s probably not your oral health habits that you need to change. It could be as simple as switching from a manual toothbrush to an electric toothbrush. While an electric toothbrush is a small investment, it costs much less than getting cavities filled or needing other major dental work. Below we discuss some of the most important benefits of making the switch from manual to electric.
An Electronic Toothbrush is Easier to Use
Oral health benefits aside, holding an electric toothbrush is just easier than holding a manual one. The base is wider, making it much less likely that you will drop your toothbrush on the counter or in the sink before you finish cleaning your teeth. If you have a condition that affects the hands such as arthritis, cerebral palsy, or Parkinson’s disease, a toothbrush with a wide base to grip onto is especially beneficial. That is because the toothbrush makes the up and down and side to side motions so you don’t have to.
Up to 30,000 Strokes in a Single Minute
The good news about electric toothbrushes is that you have many options available. Most manufacturers create this oral health equipment with an interchangeable head. That means you only need to replace the head, when it becomes too dull to continue polishing your teeth, and not the entire electric toothbrush. That is welcome relief after paying for an electric toothbrush, which is--not surprisingly--more expensive than a manual toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes typically run on lithium batteries that you can charge when you aren't using them. They are known for their long-lasting quality.
The speed and number of strokes per minute varies considerably from one manufacturer of electric toothbrushes to the next. But even those considered mid-range can reach up to 30,000 strokes per minute. This is thousands of times more than any person can achieve brushing his or her teeth by hand. Brushing faster also means brushing more thoroughly. You may notice the difference in the cleanliness of your teeth as soon as your next preventive care exam.
An Electric Toothbrush Gets Spots Between Teeth Your Manual Toothbrush Can’t Reach
It’s frustrating when you feel like you take excellent care of your oral health and your dentist still says you’re at risk for gum disease, cavities, infection, or another significant problem. One this happens among patients who do brush their teeth regularly is that they can’t loosen food particles between teeth. The space is often too tight for a manual toothbrush to reach. Food particles can quickly break down into bacteria and plaque, causing problems for your oral health.
The bristles on the rotating head of an electric toothbrush can reach further than those of a manual toothbrush. This is due to a combination of motion and pressure. Another benefit of an electric toothbrush is that it can help you clean both sides of your mouth evenly. If you’re right-handed, for example, it can be challenging for you to brush the left side of your mouth as well as your right side. The electric toothbrush fixes that issue for you.
With an electric toothbrush, you can also set a timer for each quadrant of your mouth to receive equal brushing time. This means a longer brushing time and an improved feeling of cleanliness throughout your entire mouth. It’s also easier on your gums since it’s common for people to over-brush and cause bleeding and sensitivity in this area.
Eliminate Bad Breath for Good
Chronic bad breath can develop when you have difficulty removing food particles from between your teeth and gums. While using mouthwash daily is a good habit, it only covers the problem rather than resolve it. An electric toothbrush makes it much easier to loosen the food particles and rinse them out of your mouth when you spit into the sink.
Improve Your Overall Health with Strong Oral Hygiene
Better dental hygiene will lead to fewer cavities, better breath, and overall better dental health. But it may do much more for your entire body. According to the Mayo Clinic, oral health is a window to your overall health. And by improving your dental health, you may also reduce the likelihood of, for example, cardiovascular disease and endocarditis (infection of the inner lining of your heart).
Impress your dentist with how much your oral health has improved at your next check-up by investing in an electric toothbrush today.