Are Electric Toothbrushes Good For You?

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The cornerstone of proper oral hygiene is brushing your teeth. Both manual and electric toothbrushes are excellent at removing oral plaque, which causes decay and disease, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

Both manual and electric toothbrushes have advantages. Any reliable and safe toothbrush, whether electric or manual, is given the ADA Seal of Approval. Here are some of the pros and cons of an electric toothbrush.

Electric toothbrush benefits

The bristles of an electric toothbrush rotate or vibrate to aid in removing plaque accumulation from your teeth and gums. The vibration enables more micro-movements each time your toothbrush passes over your teeth.

1. More effective at removing plaque

According to studies, electronic toothbrushes generally remove more plaque and prevent gingivitis than manual toothbrushes. Plaque was reduced by 21% and gingivitis by 11% after three months of use. Compared to only vibrating toothbrushes, oscillating (rotating) toothbrushes perform better.

2. Easier for people with limited mobility

Much of the work is done for you with electric toothbrushes. Anybody with limited mobility, such as those suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, or developmental difficulties, may find them helpful.

3. Built-in timers

You can brush your teeth for the recommended amount of time to effectively eliminate plaque from your teeth and gums by using an electric toothbrush with a timer.

4. They may cause less waste

It may be less wasteful to discard an entire manual toothbrush when it’s time for a new one since you often only need to change the head of an electric toothbrush. 

If you use a single-use electric toothbrush, you will need to replace the entire brush when it needs to be changed.

5. May improve oral health in people with orthodontic appliances

According to one study, electric toothbrushes benefit people wearing orthodontic devices like braces since they make brushing easier.

Among people with appliances who already had good oral health, plaque levels were about the same whether they used an electric toothbrush or not. But if you find it difficult to clean your mouth while having orthodontic therapy, the electric toothbrush may improve your oral health. 

6. They are fun for kids

Not every child enjoys brushing their teeth. If your child finds an electric toothbrush more enjoyable, it can aid in proper dental hygiene and the development of good habits.

7. Safe for gums

Used properly, an electric toothbrush should not hurt your gums or enamel but promote general oral health.

Cons of electric toothbrushes

The cost of electric toothbrushes is higher than that of manual ones.

It might not always be simple or convenient to get suitable replacement brush heads, as not all retailers carry them, and your neighbourhood shops might not have the right brand. You can buy them online, but this is only sometimes practical and isn’t the best choice if you require a new brush head quickly. Although you can stock up and have enough on hand to last a year or longer, the upfront expense goes up.

Electric toothbrushes may generate less trash than manual ones, but they are less environmentally friendly because they need energy or batteries.

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