Manual toothbrushes and electric toothbrushes can both be used to clean your teeth efficiently. However more dentists are recommending electric toothbrushes as the best means of keeping your teeth clean and free from plaque and its damaging effects.
According to David Collins from the British Dental Health Foundation, an independent charity who give free dental health advice to the public, ‘the bottom line is that powered toothbrushes can be a useful aid in improving oral health’.
Here are some reasons why electric brushes could be a worthwhile investment;
- Using an electric toothbrush requires less skill, as the brush is designed to help you clean more effectively; for instance the rotating head or vibrating bristles reduce the need to twist and turn your wrists or move your hands back and forth.
- The larger ergonomic handle makes it easier to hold, particularly for the elderly who are more prone to conditions such as arthritis.
- They keep you from brushing too hard: Brushing too vigorously can injure your gums, and remove enamel from the tooth surface. With an electric toothbrush, you simply hold the brush and let its moving bristles do the work.
Yet simply purchasing an electric toothbrush doesn’t guarantee great results. Teeth should be brushed twice daily for about two minutes per session.
Also remember, for people with more sensitive teeth and gums select toothbrush heads with soft bristles to avoid causing gum recession.
And for young children, using decorative tooth brushes they can interact with and singing when brushing so they know how much time is left till you’re done, can help make the process seem faster.