Most of us use the ol' manual plastic toothbrush. We have to keep changing them every 3 months. Also, the bristles are hard enough to wipe the kitchen and floors! Recently, electric toothbrushes have paved their way into homes and people are loving them! They are available in many varieties, having varied features depending on the brands. Overall, electric toothbrushes are aimed at improving the cleaning of your mouth.
Here's why you should consider having an electric toothbrush at your house:
1. Good for everyone in the family:
Electric toothbrushes have bigger handles and are thus easy to use. This is especially great for kids, the elderly and those who have dexterity issues as bigger handles allow the brush to reach the difficult corners of the mouth without harming the gums.
2. Efficient cleaning by means of technology:
Electric brushes come with special configurations that remove plaque from the difficult corners of the mouth, which are usually left out when using a manual brush. Parents can live peacefully knowing that their child's teeth are properly cleaned since many kids usually find it tough to brush the back of the mouth when using a manual brush.
3. Fast with more rotations per minute:
A regular toothbrush would give about 300-600 strokes per minute, while an electric brush can perform 7,500 to 40,000 strokes per minute depending on the brand and make of the brush. Faster the strokes, better the cleaning.
4. Essential in preventing gum diseases:
Electric toothbrushes have soft bristles which are gentle on the gums and also provide massage to the gums boosting the blood flow.
5. Effective in getting rid of bad breath:
Bad breath can be caused by eating certain foods or consuming strong smelling items like coffee or alcohol. This situation gets worse when plaque or bacteria is not cleaned from the hidden corners of the mouth. Electric toothbrushes are designed to be able to reach those areas of the mouth and sweep off the bacteria.
6. Great for removing stains:
The frequent consumption of drinks like coffee and tea can eventually cause discoloration and staining of the teeth. The extra scouring power of an electric toothbrush makes it easier for users to remove unwanted stains and whiten their smile.
7. Pressure sensitive:
Dentists suggest applying as little pressure as possible while brushing teeth. However, many people don't follow this technique when using manual brushes. Electric brushes have different modes and some of these brushes lower the power when it senses the user applying too much pressure.
8. Time sensitive:
Dentists say that for a healthy mouth and fresh breath, one must brush twice a day for 2 minutes each time. When using a manual brush, it's easy to not know if one's brushed enough, with most of us brushing only for about 65-70 seconds! Electric brushes have timers with them, beeping when 2 minutes are up. Some also beep every 30 seconds, so you know when to change the area or quadrant of your mouth. Unless there's a beep, keeping brushing!
Manual brushes need to be replaced every 3 months or till they are worn out. Electric toothbrushes only need the bristle head to be replaced every few months, while the handle and the charger run for a long time. Hence, it's more cost effective.
10. Better for long run:
While they may be expensive, regular use of electric brushes has proven to show improvement in the oral hygiene of the users as well as reduced cavities and other diseases of the gums.
Isn't it wiser and better to invest in a good electric brush over frequent painful visits to the dentists?