You’ve heard it before: brushing your teeth every day is the single, most important thing you can do to maintain a healthy smile.
But you’ve also probably heard that even with a great brushing technique, there are many areas in your mouth you won’t be able to properly clean at home. One potential solution could be the electric toothbrush, which is marketed as a tool to offer people a thorough at-home teeth cleaning.
But are they actually better than a traditional toothbrush? This short blog post has the answer!
There have been several studies putting the manual toothbrush against its electric counterpart. And in most cases, it seems the electrical toothbrush wins the race.
One study published in the International Journal of Pediatric Dentistry found electric toothbrushes found an electric toothbrush reduced 32.2% more plaque in children ages 3-6, and 51.9% more plaque in children ages 7-9.
Studies on teenagers and adults have also found that electric toothbrushes help people clean their teeth more thoroughly.
Experts believe the reason why electric toothbrushes outperform manual ones is that they are a more convenient way to brush your teeth.
For one thing, the rotating head can perfectly mimic the motion you should brush your teeth with. And since most toothbrushes have a pre-established timer, simply following that timer can ensure you are birthing your teeth longer. With a manual one, it’s much easier to quickly go over your teeth before actually giving them a good scrub.
So when it comes to matters such as ease of use, and convenience, the electrical toothbrush can help you clean your teeth better. However, you can generally get the same results with the manual one as well, as long as you’re brushing in circular motions and are careful to brush the entire mouth.
No matter how good the brushing technique, or how advanced the electric toothbrush is, you still need to visit the dentist routinely.
Preventative consultations can help you stay on top of your oral health needs and address any dental issues right as they appear, and before they have a chance to cause problems.
Additionally, routine dental cleanings can help dramatically lower your risk for cavities and gum disease, since they can remove all bacteria and food debris from your mouth, even from areas you can’t access on your own, regardless of your toothbrush type.
If it’s time for a routine dentist appointment, Dr. Jonathan Siverson is at your service, with expert dental health services delivered with a compassionate touch.
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